The Silent Agony of Staying Thin — At All Costs

The Silent Agony of Staying Thin — At All Costs

For many women, being thin is worshipped like no other physical attribute. Not your hair, not your muscles, not your voice. The greatest compliment a woman can hear (at least according to some)? “You look like you’ve lost weight…”. For girls or...
022 SelfWork: How To Not Hate Your Body

022 SelfWork: How To Not Hate Your Body

http://traffic.libsyn.com/drmargaretrutherford/022_SelfWork_HowToNotHateYourBody.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSEating disorders and body image problems are rampant in our culture, with good reason. We are pummeled with images of the...
What Are You Teaching Your Daughter About Her Body?

What Are You Teaching Your Daughter About Her Body?

Sometimes, something hits a nerve. Last year, I read Anne Parris’ post on Midlife Boulevard. She offered this Dove commercial for discussion, highlighting the unintentional messages about body image that mothers give daughters. It shocked me. The subject? Moms...
3 Ways to Fight Your Own Critical Voice About Your Body

3 Ways to Fight Your Own Critical Voice About Your Body

My mother told me I would regret it. Shaving my legs.  I went all the way up to mid-thigh.  She was mortified. At the time, I took her comment quite superficially.  “You are just trying to keep me from growing up,” I bristled. My 13 year-old wisdom was...