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Strong women and eating disorder recovery (Examiner.com)

Eating Recovery Center’s Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS, Senior Vice President, Business Development, is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Strong women and eating disorder recovery": Have you ever been described as a “strong woman”? Sometimes, it can be difficult to decipher whether this descriptor is a compliment or an insult when used to describe a woman in her personal and/or professional lives. Sometimes, it seems as though this term is used as a “nice” way to label a woman as controlling, annoying, unlikeable or stubborn by loved ones, friends or colleagues. In general, strong women are likely to be opinionated, passionate and driven, yet they can also be sensitive, thoughtful and loving. They confidently proclaim what they want and how they believe it should be done, yet they’re usually open to suggestions from others and, not unlike most of us, they appreciate approval from others. Whatever it means to be a “strong woman,” people are often challenged to interact positively with these women in professional and personal circles alike. It’s not just the occasional man who thinks strength is unattractive in women or that women aren’t capable of being decision-makers and leaders. Women engage in a culture of disparagement against other women all the time, sniping at one another for everything from motherhood choices (think working moms versus stay-at home moms) to appearance (think too fat, too thin, too average and the perpetually hurtful, “She could use some work”). In the professional world, strong women often encounter a predicament of conformation—be liked or be respected. This phenomenon is excellently described in this article by Catalyst, a research and advisory organization aimed at building inclusive environments and expanding opportunities for women at work. Regardless of the intent of the comments, it’s important for women—particularly those struggling with or in recovery from an eating disorder—to own their strength. Here’s why. Read the full article.

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