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Moving out of the teenage years and into adulthood can be exciting, challenging and frightening all at the same time. Independence and total responsibility for food, exercise and health choices are thrust upon young adults when they enter the "real world".
While living at home, most teens relied on their parents or school for their meals and an exercise routine. For many, college is the first time they have full control over the diet and exercise regimes. All college students have heard of the "Freshman 15", where unhealthy eating and excessive drinking lead to unwanted weight gain. The newfound stress of college life and unhealthy lifestyle habits lead to disordered eating for many college-age women.
After college, there are a number of other challenges that women face regarding their bodies. Stressful jobs and motherhood can make balancing work and life challenging, and body-loathing seems like a rite of passage into adulthood for many women.
So how can you strive to maintain a positive body image in today's stress filled world?
As women, we crave connections and interaction. Too often we can replace these cravings with the temporary solution of food. As a young woman learns to balance home life, work life and social life, the lessons she learns about self-care are ones that will last her a lifetime. Remember, let food feed your body and love feed your soul!
A Body to Love by Tracy Gaudet, MD
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