Purity culture is a common aspect of strict religious environments. Young people raised as girls are often the main target of such harmful notions. However, beyond childhood, the messages inculcated in children from childhood can have lasting effects that seep well into adulthood.
Before jumping into the topic, it is essential to have a general overview of what purity culture is and what it entails.
While the term tends to be associated with evangelical Christians, it infiltrates all types of religions, though often known under different names, such as using “worthiness” or “honor” in place of purity. Regardless of nomenclature…
As someone who has experienced sexual assault, a well-intentioned phrase people like to tell me is that I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor. But the truth of the matter is, I am both things.
No one can tell me I wasn’t victimized when I was preyed on by a college student in middle school. No one can tell me I wasn’t victimized when someone I thought was a friend violated me in one of the most horrific ways. And no one can tell me I wasn’t victimized when an almost stranger used alcohol as a date-rape drug.
In the beginning of 2020, a few short months before the world started to fall apart as we know it, I started an intensive outpatient program for my eating disorder. There were seemingly millions of reasons I ended up reaching out for help when I did, but most of my reasons boiled down to the fact that I simply wanted to have a life worth living.
Going into it, I knew that being vegan was treated with suspicion when it comes to the treatment of eating disorders, but I planned to stand my ground. …
9 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery
Taking the first tentative steps into recovering from an all-consuming mental illness like an eating disorder is a difficult and brave decision, and you deserve credit for making it.
Eating disorders are often deeply entrenched in the mind of sufferers. You may want to recover, but don’t know how or where to start. If this describes you, remember that you’re not alone and that recovery is possible. Here are some ideas and tips to help you get started.
1. If possible, find a therapist that specializes in eating disorders and listen to their advice
Jade Augustine is a writer who is passionate about health & fitness, mental health, and travel. She is also a big fan of the Oxford comma.