I feel that this NY Times article is too important to pass by. We live in a society that values thin and derides fat. We live in a society where a woman shows her strength and ability by shrinking herself. We live in a society where fat embodies all that is wrong and thin embodies all that is right.
“Our collective fear of fat and idealization of thinness has resulted in a seriously askew notion of the physical self that has produced an epidemic of body-dysmorphic illnesses like anorexia and bulimia.” I know this to be true, because I work almost exclusively in the field of eating disorders. And I have a wait list. Food, weight, and body concerns are an epidemic. And the culture we live in feeds the illnesses.
This article does not necessarily answer the tough questions and doesn’t offer to solve any problems. But it is open, honest, and gives all of us an opportunity to think.
- What if we spent more taking care of ourselves, rather than hating ourselves?
- What if we lived in the pursuit of making a difference in the world, rather than shrinking the number on the scale?
- What if we felt good about the essence of who we are, rather than how much we weighed?
- What if we were as liberated as the women in this picture appear to be?
Sorry for the downer blog. It’s important stuff. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Eating Disorder Nutritionist in Cambridge