It is no secret that I have fought an eating disorder over the years. There are still days when I struggle with body image, but as a parent and an athlete, I am much better prepared to handle it. There will always be ups and downs, but as long as I am aware that those days will come, I can make it through them. I know what the red flags are for me and I know that I have to tattle on myself when I begin to see them.
It seems that women (though some men do suffer from eating disorders as well) are under the constant scrutiny of society. Models, actresses, singers….they are airbrushed most of the time we see them and yet we still feel the need to try to look like them. It is so funny that I can realistically tell you that I know no one looks like that, but I still secretly want to look like that at times. The key, for me, is not acting on that. Focusing on appreciating my body for what it can do is what keeps me in line.
How can you help raise awareness? Just spread the word. Here is a list of Twitter posts that you can use each day this week to help get the word out!