There are thousands of people who suffer from some sort of eating disorder in the Phoenix area and elsewhere across the state of Arizona. In 2014, State Senator Katie Hobbs introduced a resolution to recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, in order to call attention to the seriousness of this spectrum of illnesses.
Sen. Hobbs said, “Whether or not they are aware, most Arizonans know someone who has been affected by an eating disorder. The effects can be devastating to your health, and even deadly, but treatment does work.”
HELP Yourself LOVE Yourself During Recovery from an Eating Disorder
These types of serious health issues have very little to do with a person’s actual body size or shape, and nearly everything to do with a person’s self-image. Since National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016 is concluding, here are some ways to have a positive body image and love yourself and the skin you are in.
- Focus on everything your body CAN do –Your body is a wonderful machine – letting you walk, run, dance, play, work, love, laugh, and a million other incredible things.
- Remember that you are MORE than your body– You are a whole person, and your real attractiveness comes from your intelligence, confidence, sense of humor, compassion, honesty, and all of the other little things that make you unique.
- You are worthy of compliments and praise– Write down a list of at least 10 things that you like about yourself, and refer to them often – even daily, if necessary. Get into the habit of looking in the mirror and giving yourself a compliment.
- Say NO to the haters–Don’t let yourself be defined by society’s or someone else’s opinion. When you can disregard the judgments of others, it is easier to develop a happy and healthy sense of self.
If you live in the Phoenix area and think you need help for any type of eating disorder, the trained and empathetic professionals at Empowerment Treatment & Counseling are here for you.
Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in the state of Arizona, Empowerment Treatment & Counseling offers the counseling, therapy, guidance, and support you need to learn how to love yourself at any size or shape.