Recently, one of my daughters sent this video to me. This pressure is very real.
We live in a time of great confusion about the body. Think about what we talk about or experience in this culture. We have conversations about:
- Breast Augmentation
- Cosmetic surgery
- Starving, gorging, and purging ourselves
- Body image
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Cosmetics, diets, clothes
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (imagined ugliness)
What should Christians be saying about the body? What other body issues would you add to this list? What stress do people face today because of the culture’s view of the body?
You might read the paragraph below:
“. . . It is important to discover the emotions and feelings that underlie your negative body image. The statement ‘I feel fat’ is never really about fat, even if you are overweight. Each time a woman looks at herself in the mirror and says ‘Gross, I’m fat and disgusting,’ she is really saying ‘There is something wrong with me or with what I’m feeling.’ When we do not know how to deal with our feelings we turn to our bodies and blame our bodies for our feelings. Every time you say ‘I’m fat’ you are betraying your body, and you are betraying and ignoring your underlying feelings. Remember that ‘fat’ is never a feeling, it’s avoidance of feelings. Learn to discover your emotions and feelings and realize that focusing on your body is only distracting you from what is ‘really’ bothering you.” Nicole Hawkins, Eating Disorder Referral Information Center