How can we, as a society, help reduce the incidence of eating disorders and help people suffering from them when we, as a society condone eating disordered behavior and body-dissatisfaction at every turn?
How can we teach young women, and increasingly men, that they should love their bodies and respect their health when the messaging that bombards us from the media says the exact opposite? How can we tell them to do something we as a society are not willing or able to do ourselves?
How can we teach people it is wrong and destructive to starve yourself, binge, or purge when we have medical professionals who instruct people to follow starvation level dieting plans and restaurants serving binge-quantity amounts of food as a regular meal?
How can we tell them that there’s more to life than food and weight when we are completely obsessed with food and weight?
We cannot. We need to change ourselves and we need to change society if we don’t want our young people growing up destroying their health in the pursuit of an impossible image.
We all have to change. It starts with you and me.