A few weeks back, I was on the way home from a first aid training session with some girls from work. We got onto the topic of bodies. We moaned and groaned about thighs and butts and what-not. From there we managed to move on to the topic of eating disorders and linked depression — we talked our experience or non-experience with them. Then a remark arose: “It’s so common now, it’s just a phase all girls go through.” Really?
I would like to believe that self-harm, starvation and depression are NOT a common experience for teen girls — but are they? One hears all the horror stories, but we never hear about happy, healthy teens with great body image. Do they exist or do all girls, at one point, starve/binge/cut/cry/wallow in self-loathing? I would hate to think so.
If you are a girl, did you ever go through this “phase”? Do you think it happens for all girls? Or, do you know any/many girls going through this?