Brownies and Body Image

Brownies and Body Image

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? Whether from a box or from scratch using real butter, I enjoy making brownies for my family and friends. Rich chocolate, sugary, filled with that buttery fat—no one can possibly refuse an offer for just one.

When I was first out of college, I lived in a house with four other women. We shared many things besides clothing, books, careers, dreams and men problems. We shared a kitchen and food.

One night, I baked a batch of brownies.

The heavenly smell invited a trip to the kitchen to grab a morsel. One of my roommates was drawn by the smell to the kitchen, but instead of biting a morsel, she threw the entire plate into the garbage disposal. I learned about the brownies’ fate from her later that evening.

I learned also about her struggles with bulimia and how chocolate brownies—in fact most sugary foods—were a trigger for her condition. I learned empathy for a disease I had only heard about through whispered exchanges with other women.

Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body by Kate Wicker, new from Servant Books, tackles the issue of eating disorders, along with other body image issues, with clarity and respect for Catholic women. Kate has an excellent page of resources for even further study at her web site.

Do you have an eating disorder story from your own life? What can Catholics do to help women deal with our culture’s obsession with body image?



About the Author

Barbara Baker works in Marketing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Nmiller5394

    I think it is very important for people with eating disorders to realize that their body is a gift from God.  It is a temple of the Holy Spirit.  Whatever has been done in the past can be forgiven, and it is never too late to strive to view ourselves, body and soul, as a gift from God, and to treat ourselves as nothing less than that. For anyone who is struggling: God loves you & you are beautiful.