Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Self-Esteem and Eating Disorders

From TODAY, Voices

Friday December 5, 2008


By Dr Bill Maier


Experts have spent a lot of effort trying to pinpoint why some women struggle with anorexia or bulimia or other eating disorders.


They’ve blamed everything – from a chemical imbalance to it being heredity – yet still admit that they really cannot say for sure.


Doctors often put the blame on parents, and parents point to the hundreds of magazine and TV ads showing pencil thin models as the standard for beauty.


Everyone you talk to has a different take on the subject. But there’s one thing that they all agree on: Eating disorders are brought on by low self-esteem.


How we feel about ourselves affects every aspect of our lives — including our diet.


And the first step in curing a disorder is to begin accepting yourself. Sometimes it takes a good therapist to help you get to that point, so don’t be afraid to call someone if you struggle with this issue. 


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