Category: Body Image

Self-Image and Eating Disorders

Girl with headphones Eating disorders are complex illnesses and affect a variety of people. Risk factors for eating disorders involve a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. But, what role does self-image and eating disorders play with each other? The interaction of these factors tends to look different for different people. For example, two people with the [...]
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Five Tips for Positive Body Image this Summer

Woman sitting on stump thinking of Five Tips for Positive Body Image As the temperatures rise with summer, so can body image concerns. So, what if someone could come up with a list of just five tips for positive body image? It seems that summer comes along with more advertisements promoting harmful weight loss recommendations. Social media is inundated with images that focus on achieving a lean, muscular [...]
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How Technology and Social Media Influences Body Image

Social Media Words In the rapid evolution of our society today, advances in technology have dictated the course of human interactions. The way we interface with one another is largely hinged on the capacities that have developed throughout the years. Face-to-face connections are often pushed aside for text messaging, emails, and the like. What has been lost and [...]
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The Illusion of the Mind: Maladaptive Schemas

Image of Full Brain Neurons with Maladaptive Schemas Contributor: McCallum Place Team at McCallum Place Eating disorders can be common among adolescents and emerging adults, especially females. They carry with them a lot of psychological risks that can lead to trauma, depression, and medical complications that can be life-threatening. In trying to achieve perfection, individuals who are struggling with their body image tend [...]
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The Illusion of the Ego: Pride in Eating Disorders

Woman thinking about Pride in Eating Disorders Contributor: McCallum Place Team at McCallum Place Sometimes, those with dysfunctional eating habits find an unhealthy sense of pride in self-denial and feeling hungry. This mentality is plastered across many pro-ana and pro-mia blogs and social media pages, as illustrated in the quote, “Stay Strong and Starve On,” and the propensity to see themselves as [...]
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A Cultural Epidemic: Body Dissatisfaction in Asian American Women

Asian Lady thinking about Body Dissatisfaction in Asian American Women Contributor: McCallum Place Team at McCallum Place For a long time, it was believed that eating disorders were a culture-bound phenomenon of the young, middle-class, Caucasian female demographic. While research on eating disorders in minority populations remains sparse, and there is some disagreement in the numbers, it is clear that the roots of disordered eating [...]
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What Does Beauty Mean to You?

Woman learning What Does Beauty Mean Contributor: Mikayla Kendal MS, LPC – Eating Disorder Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Culture and society often set the standard for beauty. We see models and celebrities portraying similar physical characteristics. Viewing these “role models” of beauty can lead to associating those standards of beauty with other positive qualities in life such as [...]
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Adolescent Body Angst & Disordered Eating

Teen thinking about Adolescent Body Angst Body dissatisfaction is, unfortunately, not uncommon in adolescents. The teenage years are a tumultuous time physically, socially, and emotionally and all of this rapid change can result in angst and insecurity regarding one’s self and appearance. Research has indicated that “as adolescents mature physically and emotionally, they begin to identify more strongly with their same-gender [...]
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