What is healthy self-esteem? It is self-confidence and self-respect; serenity; speaking up for myself; treating myself as well as I treat others; having faith; being present for life; taking risks; trusting myself and others; being honest; pursuing dreams; being my own best friend; making decisions that are love based, not fear-based; liking my body and treating it with love. Have I achieved all this after seven years in OA? Not quite! However, I entered program loathing myself: my body, my eating and purging behaviors, my obsession with weight and appearance, and my inability to do relationships. Now, I like my

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