CompassionateLove Radio: Combatting Stigma with Stories
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Show # 3 Anorexia Nervosa
Jena grew up in a home that loudly and regularly sent her the message that she is not enough, or is too much. From the ripe-old-age of three, Jena began to hate her body. She believed that “to have a body was to hate your body.”
Anorexia is self-induced starvation. It can involve not eating, excessive exercise, and misuse of diuretics such as laxatives. For a person with anorexia, the mirror tells lies. While others may see a gaunt, sick, and starving person, when someone with this eating disorder looks at her reflection, she sees fat or the body she used to have.
People intervened in Jena’s life and she began to discover reality. Through therapy she became free to be herself, and to live a life of purpose and joy. She tells her fascinating story eloquently. Listen in on September 7, 2016.
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