Culture and Eating Disorders Part II
In my previous post I talked about the role culture plays in the development of eating disorders.
Now, I ask what can we do? Can we change culture?
Step by step, challenging the images around us can help us change the way we respond and how these images affect us. It can challenge our perception and teach us to believe the message “Eating disorders are not fashionable.”
” A woman cannot make the culture more aware by saying “Change.” But she can change her own attitude about herself, thereby causing devaluizing projections to glance off. She does this by taking back her body. By not forsaking the joy of her natural body, but not purchasing the popular illusion that happiness is only bestowed on those of a certain configuration or age, by not waiting or holding back to do anything, and by taking back her real life, and living it full bore, all stops out. This dynamic self-acceptance and self-esteem are what begins to change attitudes in the culture.” CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES Women Who Run with the Wolves.