Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness week. This is a week that always resonates with me because of the work I do. I am a psychotherapist who helps women who have eating and body image issues. I am at times conflicted about the work I do because on the one hand I help make a difference in the lives of many women, on the other hand I wish eating disorders wouldn’t exist anymore.
One of the most difficult things I hear on a consistent basis within my practice is women having trouble fully inhabiting their body. Women feel very disconnected from, and at times even have hatred towards their bodies. They have trouble living in the moment because they are connected to a time in their lives where they were beautiful, skinny, perfect etc. etc. Most women who have eating disorders can pinpoint a time in their lives where they felt they were at the “perfect weight” or had the “perfect body” and are deeply attached to these times.