Body image across the female lifecycle (

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "Body image across the female lifecycle": Growing up in Georgia largely shaped my understanding of cultural expectations of women, most notably the fiercely traditional notion of how we should look to have friends, be successful, find a spouse and live happily ever after. While we no longer wear the girdles of generations past, women now have full drawers devoted to Spanx and other contraptions with varying levels of discomfort to keep our bodies from actually looking like our bodies. Considering how far we have come in our thinking and decisions related to other important lifestyle choices—including sex, marriage, having children and parenting, and our role in the workplace—it is interesting that many women still adhere strongly to the traditional notions of how we are “supposed to look” and suffer from seemingly perpetual body discomfort at all ages. Over the course of my eating disorder recovery and my 30+ year career as an eating disorder treatment professional, I think often about body image. I reflect on how negative body image contributed to my illness and continues to affect me as I navigate the decades-long recovery journey. I also think about how body image pressure and societal norms affect my daughters, my patients, my friends, and even my colleagues. At each stage of life, the pressures are similar and different. With age, we develop maturity and the ability to think critically about the messages we receive from the world around us, yet the life milestones at each stage are unique... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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