Posts Tagged ‘social pressures’

Over the Hill?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I am currently surfing the next wave of social angst. The first one related to size; this time, the culprit is age – with the shadow of the former still remaining.

At 30, I feel over the hill.

I have not achieved what I should have achieved and it feels, horribly, like it’s too late.

I have been trying to pinpoint the source of this impression. It is more illusive than I would have supposed. It would be easy to point an accusatory finger at the media but I think it’s more subtle than that. To be honest, I rarely watch TV, venture less to the cinema, and most of the magazine I read are about empowering all women, rather than just those under 21…

“College Triggers”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Apparently, there’s a link between going to university and eating disorders.

This is not really surprising.

In an illness that is all about coping mechanisms and self identify issues and peer pressures and social expectations, university is fertile ground for eating disorders; whether you’ve already been grabbed, or are caught unawares -

University is not as easy as you think it will be. It’s just that nobody admits it – until later.

Stressed Super Girls?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

At the impressionable age of 11, when adult insecurities and expectations are starting to kick in, I developed anorexia bulimia.

It has taken me 18 years to get rid of it.

Eating disorders are intimately bound up with social expectations (girl power), psychological characteristics’ (intelligence, perfectionism), cultural trends (24 hours food) and the age old struggle to find your identity –

We’re having a bit of an explosion in the 21st century.

Everything’s coming all at once; and, it’s travelling with the lightening speed of the digital age.