EATING DISORDERS: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE AND RESPONSE

FacebookTwitterGoogle+ EATING DISORDERS: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE AND RESPONSE by Esther Altmann, Ph.D. The scourge of eating disorders has affected Jewish individuals across the denominational spectrum including women in ultra-Orthodox communities. Jewish women are as likely as non-Jewish women to use their bodies as a repository of psychological distress and as a socially sanctioned way of expressing self-doubt and existential angst. Interestingly, within the ultra-Orthodox communities, proscriptions such as no television in the home and limited access to the internet, intended to suppress the influences of the broader culture, have not provided a successful shield from body shame and the prevalence … Continue reading EATING DISORDERS: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE AND RESPONSE