In Thinspiration: The Body Image Conversation We Should Really Be Having, I shared my frustration about the conversation related body image and eating disorders in the wake of several popular social media sites changing their terms of service to ban self harm posts and images. My hope was to turn the conversation to how to help those dealing with body image issues especially in light of so much judgement being passed on users who posted the now banned content. However, I realized that post stopped short of actually providing help to those who struggle body image.
That’s why this is an open post where you are invited to share resources like websites and organizations that can help those struggling with body image. What is the best advice you can give to someone going through issues with their body image? Have you ever struggled with these issues yourself? How did you get through it? Comment to share.
I wanted to make this post because, simply put, it is not enough to sit behind my keyboard and complain about what everyone should be doing. It’s not enough to sit around and wish for things to change, but to get the conversation going about how we can encourage all people to have a positive body image.
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You Are Not Alone: Resources on Where to Get Started
This is a very short list of some resources I found online. I hope to add more to this list as readers contribute so please check back as this list will be updated with other resources.
A woman can rarely separate her feelings about her physical body from her self-worth, especially in our media-saturated society. And the messages even the youngest girls are seeing and hearing are skewed, sexualized, and sexist.
We’re committed to creating a world where everyone is safe, powerful and at home with who they are.
National Eating Disorder Association
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Certainly early intervention is best, but if this opportunity is missed, my equally loud message is that hope for recovery is real at every age
The Old Women’s Project
Ageism disempowers all women. As long as younger women gain false power by distancing themselves from old women, the 35-year-old loses power by not being 25.
Our Bodies, Ourselves
It may seem impossible to avoid the persistent images and messages that confront us every day . . . But being aware of the way media and advertising distort girls’ and women’s appearance and cultivate a body-obsessed culture can go a long way in helping to fight their influence
Planned Parenthood: Body Image at a Glance
Many of us struggle with body image. Sometimes it is difficult to understand all of the feelings we have about our bodies and ourselves.
Bullying is linked to 65% of eating disorders. Bodysnarking is not okay. It’s something we can all live without.