Eating Disorders

The world we live in “…makes a show of supporting people who make peace with their extra pounds, but we really celebrate those who declare war on their bodies.” This quote from the NY Times, 10/14/12, declares a truth that exists —– we live in…

                                                                                AN EATING DISORDERED WORLD…

              WARNING

REFLECTION IN THIS MIRROR MAY BE DISTORTED BY

SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED IDEAS OF BEAUTY

 We all, to greater or lessor degrees, are engaged in how to manage the messages of that world.  It is that world that attempts to convince us that perfection is possible.  It does not allows us to understand that personal choices about food and who we want to be is possible. It promotes the measuring stick of “the perfect body”,”the perfect weight”, “the perfect man/woman”, to evaluate ourselves and determine our self worth. There is much written about eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, binging, purging, over-eating and the journey of those who have been engaged in the struggle, some of whom have given up their lives to trying to win in the game of controlling their body to fit the image that has been presented as “the perfect body”, “the perfect look”, “the perfect size”.

The New York Times continues to say “Society is beginning to be more honest about the price some women pay to stay thin, helped along by celebrities who almost daily confess to eating disorders like bulimia, most recently Nicole Scherzinger, former lead sing of the Pussycat Dolls.”…..and Madonna’s statement after gaining 25 pounds, “I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny, This is who I am. And I am proud of any size.”.   Narrative Therapy (learn more) presents an alternative way to understand the journey of battling an eating disorder.  It can be a way to begin anew to get your life back from an eating disorder or it can be complementary to the Eating Disorder Treatment you might be presently in.  Most importantly, it promotes prevention through understanding of the messages to all of us from the Eating Disordered World we live in. Do you feel as if you do not fit? That you don’t measure up? because of the way our culture have set up notion of ‘ways to be’ that none of us fit into perfectly.  Narrative Therapy  will help you decide on ways you want to respond to those notions.  Your experiences as a person struggling will be privileged, diminishing the tyranny of perfection.

Family Therapy and Individual Therapy  are available.

Call 608.669.3483 or oreilly.narrativejor@gmail.com to schedule a free conversation about

Eating Disorders.