National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is from February 24th to March 1st, and this year’s theme is Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20. This theme encourages those with eating disorders to reflect on the positive steps they have taken — including those stemming from setbacks or challenges — toward accepting themselves and others. I have written many blogs on eating disorders and body image problems. These blogs are usually pretty gloomy. For a change and in keeping with this year’s theme, I’m going to focus on a positive movement.
Aaahhhhh….the Olympics. The time where one becomes an expert in a sport they only watch once every 4 years (“What were the curlers thinking with that move?!?”, “That ski jump was way more difficult than the other that got a higher score!”). I have enjoyed watching this Olympics more than prior years. One reason is that there were many teenagers doing really teenagery things (I’m aware teenagery is not a word, but it should be). There’s the 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Red Gerard, who overslept on competition day after a night of binge-watching Netflix (and he couldn’t find his coat, so had to borrow someone else’s). Another 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Chloe Kim, tweeted about her dietary habits in between her runs. It’s good to see all the Olympic fame hasn’t changed them.
Since Title 9 was enacted in 1972, more girls have participated in sports than ever before, but that doesn’t mean challenges no longer exist. A quick look at current stats reveals that there’s still a long way to go to address underlying issues that make it difficult for girls to participate in organized sports past middle school. Consider this:
(and body shape…and hair type…and skin color…and career…)
In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 21-27), this post pays homage to a cultural icon that’s getting a makeover.
Tall. Thin. Perfectly straight hair. Glamorous clothes. These are the things I think about when I reminisce about playing with Barbie as a child. Frankly, I never had very much interest in her. I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joes. However, my older sister LOVED her, and as many of us know, what the older sister wants, goes. So, I reluctantly played with that glamorous doll, and as a child I could never express what it was about her that I didn’t like.