Eating Disorders 

Body Image 

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

 

While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors

Trauma 

Psychological trauma is damage to a person's mind as a result of one or more distressing events causing overwhelming amounts of stress that exceed the person's ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences

Body image is defined as one’s thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes about their physical appearance

 

It can consist of  what you believe about your own appearance.

How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight. How you sense and control your body as you move. How you physically experience or feel in your body. 

Positive body image is a clear, true perception of your shape; seeing the various parts of your body as they really are.

 

A negative body image, on the other hand, involves a distorted perception for one’s shape. Negative body image involves feelings of shame, anxiety, and self-consciousness. People who experience high levels of body dissatisfaction feel their bodies are flawed in comparison to others, and these folks are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and eating disorders

Resources 

National Eating Disorder Association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Living Bread:

http://livingbreadgreenville.org/videos-webinars/

RAINN

https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-assault

Domestic Violence National Hotline 

https://www.thehotline.org/

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

"Domestic violence" (DV) or "intimate partner violence"(IPV), can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include: Attempted rape, Fondling or unwanted sexual touching, Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body, and Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape.