Body Image

When Worlds Collide…

In the spring of her freshman year of college, my youngest daughter, who had spent her life in a Modern Orthodox day school, texted me with exciting news that she had signed up to do “security” for the upcoming Liquid Latex performance. I thought my 5’2” daughter was joking. What did she know about security? What did it mean to “do security”? And what was Liquid Latex? Turns out it’s a club which holds a...

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Broken? Need fixing? Maybe not…

Heal: to cause a person to become sound or healthy again – from Old English haelin, meaning to restore to sound health Cure: relieve the symptoms of a disease or condition; eliminate with medical treatment – from Latin curare, meaning to take care of, originally used in the context of spiritual care until it began to include the idea of successful medical treatment A couple of months ago, I read about parents who discovered that...

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From Scale to Self

For more years than I care to count, I thought the number on the scale, my weight, was the measure of my worth. I weighed myself daily, sometimes several times a day. Every day my weight was down, I was elated, and every day my weight was up, I beat up on myself and berated myself. I tried to tell myself it was just feedback, but it was the worst kind of feedback to experience. I...

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Would your 80-year-old self like the body you have now?

When I was younger, I didn’t like my body. Every time I compared myself to others, I came up short. My hips were too wide, my torso too short, my thighs rubbed together, my hair was too curly and frizzy, my teeth too crooked. I had body image issues without realizing I had body image issues. The only time I appreciated my body was when I was pregnant and having babies and breastfeeding them. I believed...

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