Transforming Your Body Image
A journal of the WREN Rural Entrepreneurial Network
Was I really fat in 7th grade? Not by a long shot. But it wasn’t what my body looked like that was the problem – it was what I thought it looked like and how I felt about it that caused me distress.
Adult or child, man or woman, in this celebrity-obsessed, media-saturated environment, we tend to hold ourselves to unrealistic ideals, especially if those attitudes are reinforced by the people we trust. It can be hard to remember that our self-worth doesn’t begin and end with how we look and what size jeans we wear.
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As I forgive myself, I am able to forgive my dad
The Forum, the national journal of Al-Anon
Published May 2014
My dad and I had a difficult relationship. I vacillated wildly between love and hate. On one hand, he was a hero to many people, including me; on the other, he was a highly functioning, emotionally abusive alcoholic.
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The Fat Side of the Equation
Published Summer 2011
“Do you have to pay extra on your taxes because you’re fat and ugly?”
It sounds like the taunt of a schoolyard bully, but in fact this question came from a woman whose only concern was to help me stop torturing myself.