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SOCIETY’S DISORDERED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE THIN IDEAL

The following content was written by Nikki Cook for worldeatingdisorderday.org and has been cross-posted with permission. “Wow, you look great!” “You have had three kids?” “Whatever you are doing, it’s working!” I have heard this, and similar comments, countless times throughout my journey with anorexia. Looking back now, I can see comments such as these not only are indicators of the beliefs that society has internalized about what a “good and healthy body” looks like, but also that these socio-cultural norms play a pivotal role in the development and perseverance of eating disorders. I developed symptoms of my eating disorder nine years ago, when 34 years old. Yes, you read that correctly.

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