Category: Body Image

Body Image Pressures of Summertime

Woman on beach Summertime is the season of sunshine, swimming pools, beach days, BBQs, and, unfortunately, body image pressures. Thanks to the season’s extra pressures, summer can be a very difficult time full of triggers and potential pitfalls for those struggling with body image issues or an eating disorder. Unrealistic Images & Messages Fuel Body Image Insecurities Every [...]
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Raising Teens with Healthy Body Image

Group of people ready for the NEDA Come As You Are: Marginalized People Adolescence is an exciting but difficult time for most people, including those who are responsible for raising teens. The teenage years are some of the most important years for physical, social, and psychological growth. Negative body image can impact each of these areas. Body image is someone’s perception, thoughts, or attitude about the way their [...]
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Reaching Middle Age & Body Acceptance

Adventure Therapy In American culture, aging is considered a “dirty word.” Everywhere, brands are touting magic plans, diets, exercises, surgical procedures, etc. to sell the secret to eternal youth and reject body acceptance. The anti-aging industry was worth 140.3 billion dollars in 2015, an already astronomical sum that is expected to increase to 216.52 billion dollars by the [...]
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Body Checking and Mirrors as an ED Behavior

beautiful asian woman in mirror Contributor: Camille Williams, LCPC – Clinical Therapist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center In an eating disorder (ED), the behaviors that may first come to mind include bingeing, purging, restricting, exercise, diet pills, laxatives, chewing and spitting, etc. However, body checking behaviors are just as dangerous and need significant attention in recovery. Standard body checking [...]
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Appreciating Body Functionality Over Appearance

Ladies Dancing in relation to views of the body For those struggling with an eating disorder, negative body image and body dissatisfaction are common. When working to improve negative body image or body dissatisfaction, eating disorder specialists often help individuals focus on appreciating their body functionality, or what it can do, versus how it looks. How appreciating body functionality over appearance helps improve body [...]
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Female Athletes and Body Image

Athlete Volleyball Female Players The culture of sports and athletics can be rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its risks. In a realm where physicality and the body are so integral to one’s performance, it isn’t surprising that athletes are susceptible to disordered thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to food, exercise, and the body. This can often lead to body [...]
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Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Body Image Issues

Pretty young woman with flowers Body image issues and preoccupation are a proven risk factor for disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. In fact, many professionals in the field acknowledge that disordered eating behaviors such as binging, purging, food restriction or avoidance, and compulsive exercise are driven by patient’s preoccupation with eating weight, and shape, and their control [1]. These body [...]
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