Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stop dissing your body, BYU speaker (Jennie Schaefer) says...

By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 4:44 p.m.

MDT PROVO — All the talk about fat thighs, pudgy stomachs and flabby arms needs to stop. Eliminating body-hatred conversations was one of the biggest steps Jenni Schaefer took to conquer her eating disorder. "I had to have patience," she said. "I had to give myself time to fully recover in my head … so I could accept my body, and then move from accepting it to liking it, then move from liking it to loving it." Speaking recently at Brigham Young University, the internationally renowned author, speaker and an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association encouraged other women and men to avoid those types of damaging conversations, which Schaefer said are far too prevalent. (

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Jess said...

This is such a huge issue! I once heard it compared to people talking about the weather. People comment so casually on their body and their feelings toward it.

Center for Eating Disorders said...

Jenni has done great raising awareness about eating disorders and the recovery process. Recently, we were able to interview Jenni about her new book and ask her questions such as “why was it important for you to eventually refer to yourself as recovered from your eating disorder instead of being in recovery?” If you are interested, you can read the full interview at