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Body image part 3: Anorexia and bulimia

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Body image part 3: anorexia and bulimiaTake this mini-quiz. Do any of these characteristics sound familiar or maybe even sound off an alarm bell?

  • An obsession with being thin and focus on weight
  • Compulsive behaviours such as weighing oneself, measuring food
  • Use of laxatives, diuretic medications and even intentional vomiting after meals
  • Refusal to eat or eating only a few morsels, despite drastic weight loss
  • Alternating binging on foods with suppression of eating
  • Are you a female between the ages of 12-25 (Note: although these eating disorders are most commonly represented in females between the ages of 12-25 years, it is also on the rise
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Body image part 2: weighing in on eating disorders

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Body image part 2: weighing in on eating disordersFAIL! Yes, fail. I even did a research paper on it in university. Oh, and did I mention I am a therapist? So, how is it I didn’t even consider my daughter might have an eating disorder?

As we concluded in the previous blog, the media has laid claim to defining what is beautiful and valuable. “Thin” is in. We’re assaulted daily with advertisements, billboards and commercials depicting unrealistic standards of popular, the “beautiful people”. So our template for happiness and beauty is based on extreme thinness and photo-shopped images. That’s another fail.

This nasty propaganda has contributed …

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Body image part 1: What is beauty?

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Body image part 1: what is beauty?

Years ago the “Ivory Girl” was celebrity.  She was the icon of beauty.  Pure, natural, idealized and with virtues to be embraced.  She was the one you wanted to bring home to Mom.  Today, Dove has ventured down the same path to define health and beauty, with its landscape of average women.

How come it doesn’t resonate with us the same as it once did?  Likely because media has strong-armed us with billboards, commercials and magazine advertisements that define beauty outside the realm of average; extreme thinness and photo-shopped images of models are the daily diet of the news …

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Palliative Care: Dispelling the Myth. (Part two)

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young women holding hands with elderly womanIn part 1 of this series we left off with a few true/false questions for you to think about. Some of the answers may surprise you, run contrary to what you might feel inclined to do or say, or even make you a bit uncomfortable, but will hopefully give you a better sense of what we’ve learned about what dying people really need.

True or False:

1. One should always be honest with a person who is dying… TRUE

Information is a right. This can be enormously challenging, as we instinctively want to ‘protect’ our loved ones and feel that censoring negative or difficult information is for …

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Good grief (part 2)

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women sitting beside a windowBereavement, grief, loss. They’re part of the common human condition and can be complicated. What complicates our grief? Certainly the expectations of others: bereavement follows a timeline and that those in grief should respond or behave in a specific manner. If you fall outside of the “script”, or what is perceived as “normal”, scrutiny is laid at your feet! Let’s just agree that script and normal are dirty words when it comes to grief!

Now the test…

TRUTH or MYTH?

  • There are stages of grief that we follow as we grieve and progress
  • Grief and mourning are the same
  • It’s better not to focus on your grief but to
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