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...
How Has Writing 200 Posts Changed Me?

How Has Writing 200 Posts Changed Me?

I can’t quite believe it. This is my 200th post. I’ve come to love sitting down in front of a blank screen, the little cursor blinking an early morning hello at me, and trying to convey either something that I have talked with patients about during my...
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...
Are You Depressed And No One Knows It But You?

Are You Depressed And No One Knows It But You?

She is the young career woman who years ago woke up in a hotel room. Not remembering how she had gotten there. Alone. Half-naked. Realizing she had been raped. She never told anyone. “It’s never really bothered me,” she tells me now. Smiling. She...