Eating Disorder Reflection Paper

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This reflection is a personal one, during my college years, I was never formally diagnosed with an eating disorder, but I engaged n the maladaptive behavior. I was very thin as a child, I struggled with Sickle Cell Anemia and I was an athlete, I was always very fit. My family struggles with obesity on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family. When I got to college, I experienced the infamous “Freshman 15,” since then, I have had issues with loving my body. I would not eat full meals for days at a time and would work out multiple times a day. When I began to see the results I desired, I would begin to eat whatever I wanted and would be less consistent in the gym. When I realized I was “fat” again, the cycle would begin. If I had to diagnose myself I would diagnose myself with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Even now, years later I still struggle with how I would like to look and it distorts my actual body image to myself. People can tell me I am getting “skinny” or I look “good,” but most times I do not see it myself. I believe that many individual struggle with this and this is not something that is talked about often. There are many things that could cause an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder. It all depends on our physiology and how we react to adverse circumstances.…show more content…
The media plays a large role in how young men and women see their bodies and unfortunately advertises inhuman ways to gain the desired look that society places on us in contemporary society. There are many cultures who value “plus sized” women, but in American culture, that is not the desired look for a woman. Men are also pressured to have a 6 pack and chiseled chest. I commend the individuals who began the “body positive” movement and they should continue to spread body positivity into our biased

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