Body Image

Childhood Abuse and Food Addiction

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Adolescent Girls, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image, Child Abuse & Drug Addiction, Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Uncategorized, Women |

Severe childhood abuse suffered by girls during childhood may be linked to a subsequent food addiction, new research suggests. Women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse during childhood are much more likely to have a food addiction as adults than who women who did not experience childhood abuse. National surveys have indicated that more than one third of American women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse before they reached the age 18. Also, this childhood abuse has...

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Pro Ana and Social media

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Addiction, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image, Eating Disorder, Pro Ana |

    What is pro ana? Pro ana literally stands for the promotion (pro) of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa (ana). In relation to pro ana there is also pro mia which stands for the promotion (pro) of the other common eating disorder bulimia (mia). Pro ana groups differ in their supposed stances. Some pro ana groups claim that they only exist to give a non-judgmental environment to anorexics and others deny the fact that anorexia nervosa is a mental illness and even go so far as to...

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Eating Disorders amongst Adolescent Girls

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Addiction, Adolescent Girls, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Mental Illness |

“I was in the hospital with feeding tubes in me. I had just had a heart attack. My only thought was ‘If I die, at least I’ll die skinny.’ I was twelve.” Those are the words from a friend of mine who has been dealing with an eating disorder since she was a very young girl. I ask her if she remembers how it started. “I was 11 in the summer visiting my grandmother and there really wasn’t a specific event or anything.  I just looked in magazines and was into fashion, celebrities,...

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Learning to love your body in recovery

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Body Image |

Learning to love your body in recovery Learning to love my body was something I struggled with in early recovery. After years of abuse and neglect, my body did not look or feel like I wanted it to when I first got sober. In my addiction, I had a sense of disgust towards myself that did not go away just because I put down the drugs. Add to that the fact that I gained back the weight I had lost to drugs and more. My disgust turned to hatred, and it was hard to even look at myself in the...

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