|Freedom from Eating Disorders|
|Eating Disorder Recovery|
|Eating disorders and body image often go hand in hand. Granted there are people with eating disorders who are not concerned about their body image, but for multitudes of people with eating disorders, eating disorders and body image is a serious concern.|
Eating disorders and body image issues may seem impossible to address, but remember that you don’t have to do it alone. While it may seem uncomfortable to you to talk about eating disorders and body image, make the most of your treatment team and/or support system to address this vital matter. For now, though, why not ask yourself the following questions in regard to eating disorders and body image? Perhaps doing so will help you get started with working through this concern.
Eating disorders and body image may be a difficult issue to address, but I hope these questions will aid you a bit as you work through the difficult issue of body image in your eating disorder recovery. Remember, you are not your body; you just live in your body. So do your best to address the eating disorders and body image issue and focus on the real you.
- Do you realize that when you aren’t taking in adequate nourishment, the image you see in the mirror is distorted? Your brain literally doesn’t have what it needs to see yourself the way you really look.
- Will you try to focus on the health of your body instead of the size or shape of your body? In the end, which is more important, how you look or how you feel and function?
- How about doing your best to focus on how various parts of your body function and how they need to be healthy in order to do for you what you need them to do?
- Have you considered that perhaps your focus on the dissatisfaction you have with your body might be a distraction of some kind? If you were to put thoughts about your body image out of your mind, what would you think about? What is troubling you?
- Will you consider journaling about your body image? It’s possible this could provide you some insights on the matter.
- How about writing down truthful statements about your appearance and reviewing them every day?
- Will you try to cut yourself some slack and not expect your body to look perfect?
- Will you pray and ask God to help you see yourself through His eyes?
By Laurie Glass