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It’s All About Me

Disordered eating discussed.

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Recently, Linda left this thought provoking comment:

It’s always a little hard for me to get my mind around how many perfectly attractive (to my mind) women have these huge body issues. It makes me think that if they apply the same standards to other people that they do to themselves, I must look like a monster to them! But most of them don’t apply those standards to me, and neither do I (apply them to me–or to them).

I took a fascinating biopsychology class about a year ago. I’m ashamed to admit that I no longer remember the names and functions of the 16 hillion jillion neurotransmitters that we studied, but I will always remember this anecdote from the unit on body image: A group of anorexic women was asked to draw chalk outlines of their own bodies. Then, they were shown a lineup of other women of various shapes and sizes, and asked to draw chalk outlines of those other women’s bodies. Although the outlines they sketched for the lineup were remarkably accurate, the outlines they sketched for themselves added a good 20% to 30% more body mass than was truly present. read more

Originally posted 2009-07-23 05:50:00.