April 2010 Archive
Eating disorders are complex and multifaceted. As I have discussed in previous blogs, it is hard to understand an eating disorder looking in on the outside. Even when you are directly affected by a loved one’s illness an eating disorder can appear confusing and overwhelming. It is hard to understand why someone “can’t just eat” or stop purging.
As a supportive family member or partner it is incredibly important to take a neutral stance.Neutrality requires balance.It may be tempting to push your agenda out of fear and concern. It may also be tempting to take over for the person you are concerned about, wanting to protetct them and take care of it all. Striking a balance and taking a neutral approach requires showing concern, clearly communicating expectations and feelings and modeling adaptive coping skills.
For more information, register for the Skills and Strategies for Parents & Partners in Ann Arbor Michigan on 4/17/10. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit your story of ED recovery for upcoming Recovery Spotlight feature. Submit to email@example.com
At a recent fashion industry forum, both Michael Kors and Ansa Wintour of Vogue claimed that fashion is ready to embrace real women versus a girlish figure. Sounds good…And it appears Italian and French Vogue are backing this up by featuring a “plus size” model for a 32 page spread.
Sounds like progress….hopefully it can continue and such efforts will become commonplace versus newsworthy. Then we can begin challenging the label “plus size”!