Isn’t the whole point of a wedding to celebrate your love for your partner and your new life together? How does fitting into a dress at all costs fit into this equation? In a recent New York Times article, brides-to-be are going to unhealthy measures to lose weight fast before the big day. From nasogastric tubes to the “Master Cleanse” to weight loss hormone injections, these extreme forms of restriction are all potential eating disorder triggers – which I’ve sadly seen develop in my own clients. Is damaging your body, hurting your self-esteem, and risking your health really worth it to fit into a dress? And what does it say about the doctors who help brides engage in such unhealthy behaviors?
Of course you want to look your best on your wedding day, but keep in mind you are marrying a partner who already loves and accepts you, and celebrating with family and friends who also love you for who you are (and if they don’t – they should be removed from the guest list ASAP). If pre-wedding jitters are getting the best of you, seek a therapist or close friend to share your fears and anxieties. Don’t make the focus of your wedding your weight, but rather, celebrating the love you feel for your partner and the life you plan to share together.
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