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Sharing Invalidates Shame

Emotional isolation is a common and painful symptom of an eating disharmony. It’s not easy to reveal our pain and struggles, especially in today’s society, where is so much pressure to be the perfect woman, partner, mother, colleague, daughter, sister, boss, etc. – and sometimes the whole lot at once!

The more imbalanced our eating behaviour is, the more intense the shame we feel. Which means many women are coping in secret. And, in fear of being found out, many of us become masters in pretence and deception, which only serves to compound the original shame we feel when struggling with food in the first place. This is particularly true for those of us who purge, where fear borders on terror at the thought of ‘being caught’.

However, women are creatures who need to express. Just by talking, we offload and find clarity. When we’re not keeping our stories flowing, our emotions build up in us and cut off our joy. Even worse, if the creative force is...

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