I’m part of a study out of Stanford University, focusing on the eating habits of women with toddlers. I get six therapy sessions via teleconference. I’m pretty excited to be part of this study, partly because In my heart, I will forever be a doctoral student. I’m excited to be part of something that will help doctors and therapists to understand women’s challenges around food issues.
The therapist asked me to name a goal for these sessions. I told her that I want to raise a daughter who eats healthily for life and has a positive body image. It’s wrong for me to anticipate what what her body will look like in the future. I want her to accept and love her body unconditionally. I hope she grows up in a society where the strength of her talents is more important than her looks. Somehow, I’m not hopeful.
I’m angry that I live in a culture that prizes certain looks over others. Is it too much to ask for women to be treated with dignity and respect?