Dear Katie: How Can I Accept my Body as I Recover from an Eating Disorder?

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I'm in recovery from a binge-eating disorder. While I'm doing much better than before, I'm still really insecure about my body, and am always comparing myself to others. How can I reset my perspective?

Alyson


Dear Alyson,

Eating disorders of any kind are so debilitating. I'm thrilled to hear you're in recovery.

My first piece of advice is to accept that nothing will happen overnight. It's going to take time to reset your brain. When you're struggling, take a moment to look back on how far you've come. Start seeing yourself as healthy and fit instead of skinny. You're being kind to your body now—be proud of that!

Work on shifting your focus to what you DO like about yourself. I was never the thinnest one in the room. (I'm still not.) But I love my port de bras and how long my legs and feet are. That kind of positive thinking will help your confidence grow over time.


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