The summer is something many of us look forward to. After a long winter it is nice to thaw out, take in some sun, and increase the amount of time we spend outdoors. Still, it is not without its stress especially for anyone who has dealt with eating disorders and a general sense of stress around their body image. For many women especially the focus on having a “bikini body” can be the trigger that eventually leads them to seek out eating disorder treatment.
Leading into the summertime it is vital for everyone to stick together in trying to tamp down the ill conceived and unhealthy standards for what constitutes a great beach body. Instead we can focus on the positive things that come with the warm weather. Instead of resorting to unhealthy crash diets and other behaviors that can turn into eating disorders, focus on all of the great outdoor activities you can do. Instead of focusing on wearing the tightest or skimpiest swimsuits find swimwear that makes you feel comfortable. Above all support friends and family. Remind them that they are beautiful at any size.
For anyone having trouble getting into the summer spirit and especially for people spiraling into a world of anorexia or bulimia there is help. Please contact our specialists to find the right eating disorder treatment before these issues become dangerous and life threatening.