• Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Shame

    Halloween, Candy, and Diet Culture

    The Thursday before the Halloween weekend typically marks the beginning of the Halloween festivities. Simply put, the disbursement of Halloween candy, cookies, treats begins. This is such a mixed holiday- the focus is largely on candy and cookies and other treats that diet culture marks as “bad”. For someone with an eating disorder, this can create high levels of anxiety and the eating disorder voice really gets ramped up. But also, diet culture thoughts, voices, comments, and behaviors get ramped up- for everyone. If you haven’t already, you’ve probably heard comments and talk about not keeping candy at your house, eating all your kids candy, working off the candy you…

  • Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    The Church and Eating Disorders

    As I previously mentioned I was given the opportunity to speak to my church family at Glenwood Church of Christ about mental health and eating disorders. It was wonderful to begin the dialogue that needs to happen in our churches. It’s important for the church, individually and corporately, to learn about eating disorders and to learn how to respond and how to help those who are struggling. Because the issues of eating disorders affects everyone. EVERYONE, from young children to elderly men and women. FIRST, it’s important to know that there are clinical eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, etc), but there is also disordered…

  • Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    How Does the Church hurt those with Mental Health Issues?

    This week I had the opportunity to talk at Glenwood Church of Christ, my home church, in Tyler, Tx, about mental health needs in our community. In addition to another local therapist and local chaplain, we were asked questions and given the opportunity to discuss the issues we see in our work. We were also given the chance to share how we think the church could help those that suffer from mental illness. Specifically, what does the church do that hurts and how can the church help? What a wonderful, much needed conversation! I wanted to share some points from the discussion and continue the dialogue. What does the church…