The relationship between body image pressure and eating disorders is complex. As a former competitive dancer, I experienced the most harmful and impactful messages through subtle means, rather than overt statements regarding my body and weight. When I was 10 and getting measured for my dance costumes, I had to wear a body suit with a giant number on the front indicating what size I was. That year, I needed one of the largest sizes in my class.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a Canadian non-profit providing resources on eating disorders & weight preoccupation.
Eating Disorders: Who is affected?
The stigma associated with eating disorders robs people of their dignity, increases isolation, reduces self-esteem and contributes to a decline in one’s quality of life. It may act as a barrier to people with eating disorders disclosing their problem to others and stop them from looking for and getting help.