makes me proud of my sorority. Body image is such a huge issue — not just for sorority girls, but for women in general (and men) in our society. It’s nice to know that such a big organization that involves so many young women is doing something to address this. I hope it has a positive effect.
At a conference last week one of the speakers, the director of a university counseling center, said that while the number of patients with anorexia and bulimia is stable, she’s seeing a huge increase in other weight-focused (but not DSM-IV-defined) behaviors such as highly controlled eating and exercise regimens (her example was boys at a fancy dinner who wouldn’t eat their steak because they hadn’t worked out that day) and young women taking up smoking because they think it will make them lose weight. It’s disturbing, the things we will do to be thin. What’s more disturbing, I think, are the thoughts we think about it, the things we say about ourselves and others, and — perhaps worst of all — the images the media presents us with.
I’m not sure how to change the way I think about weight and size and body image, much less the way society perceives them. It’s an uphill battle. I’m glad that Tri Delta is making its members aware of the problem, and how we (as women) so often perpetuate it with mere words.