Everyone experience body image issues at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adolescents are extremely concerned with their physical appearance and at times, may carry on into their adulthood. It doesn’t help that media and society highly praise the perfect body. Females strive for a slimmer waist, bigger breasts, and thinner thighs. Males attempt to be bulk up their muscles. While it is perfectly fine to try to achieve the perfect body, there are some limitations and boundaries on what is a normal and safe way of trying to get this “model” body.
Someone who is struggling with an eating disorder may attempt to eat “normally” in the presence of others, and then look for opportunities to be alone to find ways to binge or purge. — Lisa Ferentz LCSW-C, DAPA