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Category Archives: Body Image

News, ideas, research, personal experiences. This is what Castlewood’s Body Image Blog is all about! “Image” and “imagine” aren’t that far apart. Imagine yourself being powerful, strong, and uniquely graceful. Imagine a life where public pressures and private fears about body image aren’t the painful and destructive focus of daily life. Share your reactions and your concerns about the powerful force of body image.

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What Does Self-Love Look Like in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Before you can truly commit to ongoing recovery, you have to believe that you’re worth it. You have to believe that you deserve a life of fullness, wholeness, and wellness. You have to love yourself—which can be challenging for anyone, and especially daunting for those who wrestle with the feelings of shame that often accompany eating disorders. For as much as those in the recovery community like to emphasize self-love, however, the concept can sometimes seem needlessly abstract. What does self-love actually look like in practical terms, though? What are some concrete ways to show self-love? How to Love Yourself…

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Speaking Words of Compassion to Those in Recovery

When you know someone who is in eating disorder recovery, it’s only natural that you’d want to be an encouragement to them—to say something that boosts their spirits, rallies their confidence, or simply reminds them that they are not alone. The difficulty is in knowing exactly what you should say. Even well-intentioned comments can sometimes be hurtful, and when you’ve never dealt with an eating disorder yourself, it can simply be difficult to know how best to broach the issue. It is vital to be careful and judicious in what you say—striving always to speak words of empathy and compassion,…

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Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying

We’ve blogged in the past about bullying, and the various ways in which it contributes to eating disorders. As we have noted, many of our own clients come to us attesting to experiences with bullies; bullying can lead to body image issues, pervasive stress and anxiety, and in some cases even trauma—especially when the bullying includes acts of physical violence. Not all bullying happens face to face, however. Sometimes, bullying can take place over social media, text, or even email. This is what’s known as cyberbullying—and it, too, can be a factor in the development of eating disorders. Understanding Cyberbullying…

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Warning Signs of Over Exercise

Something we often say at Castlewood is that eating disorders are not fundamentally about food; in fact, some of the defining characteristics of eating disorders have little to do with food or with eating. A good example of this is exercise. There are many forms of eating disorder in which over exercise is one of the key symptoms—and a serious symptom, at that. “Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much exercise,” notes the Alliance for Eating Disorders. “Compulsive exercise is another way to ‘purge’ calories and it can be as dangerous as Anorexia and Bulimia.…

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Athletes Under Pressure: An Everyday Struggle

By any standard, Gracie Gold is an accomplished skater and an admirable athlete—yet her 2016 hasn’t been quite as smooth as she may have hoped. Gold recently came in fifth place at this year’s Skate America competition, certainly nothing to sneeze at but also not quite the victory she might have imagined. What’s more troubling, though, is her ongoing struggle with body image, weight perceptions, and the pressure imposed by athletic competition. Under Pressure To her credit, Gold has opened up about these issues and really done a lot to fight back against the stigma that so often accompanies discussion…

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Eating Disorders and the LGBT Community

For the month of June, Castlewood is focusing our #ColorfulRecovery Campaign on the issue of eating disorders within the LGBT community. The entire purpose of this campaign is to educate, inform, make aware, and ultimately make a difference—changing minds, one life at a time, and trusting that this will have a ripple effect throughout our world. There is much reason for us to raise awareness for eating disorders among LGBT individuals, as the problem is both rampant and all too often misunderstood. Understanding Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community The common misconception about eating disorders is that they only impact young,…

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Bullying and Eating Disorders by Lolly Wool, Therapist at Castlewood Treatment Centers

By Lolly Wool, Therapist Listening to a client give an account of being called horrible names, being beat up in a bathroom or getting text or Facebook messages with degrading names, is the proof that we cannot talk about eating disorders and without discussing bullying. Yes, there are statistics about the frequency bullying and its correlation to eating disorders, but I do not do what I do because of the statistics, I do it because of the faces and the clients that describe the injuries that tear them apart. What is Bullying? One of the most important pieces to start…

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Stop Bullying, #1LifeAtATime

There is no denying that bullying often has lasting effects on the people who have been bullied—and that in some cases, those effects may include the development of an eating disorder. According to some studies, as many as 90 percent of those who are in treatment for an eating disorder admit to being bullied at some point during the course of their life. That’s an alarmingly high number, and shows why so many eating disorder recovery advocates are also strongly outspoken against bullying in all forms. Today we take up that charge. In this post we’ll share some facts about…

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What Does Weight Stigma Awareness Week Mean to You?

Weight Stigma Awareness Week is fast approaching; from September 26 through September 30 of this year, eating disorder recovery organizations across the country will seek to draw attention to the important issue of weight stigma, drawing connections to eating disorders while also underscoring the hope of recovery. This year’s theme is Teaching Kids the Truth, and will focus on the importance of shaping our kids’ impressions of themselves—leading them to healthy perceptions about weight and body image. What is Weight Stigma? If you’re not familiar with the term, a quick definition might be in order. Weight stigma—which is sometimes called…

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Maintaining Recovery Over Summer Vacation

Maintaining recovery from an eating disorder is a lifetime journey and an around-the-clock job. You do not get to go on vacation from your recovery. In fact, vacations can be some of the toughest times to keep a focus on your health. Take the summer season. This is a difficult time for those who wrestle with eating disorders because of the cultural focus on “swimsuit readiness” it is difficult not to focus on body image. Vacations and road trips, meanwhile, disrupt whatever rhythms you have developed through meetings with your therapist and nutritionist. Finally, while a break from school stress…

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