If you’re struggling with your body image or know someone who is, please consider reading my recent article on Catholic Exchange. This one has been around a bit (it was originally published in Canticle), but it remains near and dear to my heart. I wish I could say all the relics of my unhealthy past have been forgotten, but my eating disorder, while “recovered,” remains a part of me that I constantly have to be aware of, lest I want to revert to old habits and a dangerous way of thinking.
In her book Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, Aimee Liu writes: “I’ve changed the way I think about recovery. I no longer define it in relation to illness but as an ongoing process of restoration and discovery.”
Praying to God and recognizing my body is on loan from him helps me with this ongoing process.