Category: Body Image

Body Positive Celebrities and Their Impact

African American Black Woman with Flowers in Her Hair Ever felt insecure about your body after scrolling through celebrity social media accounts, browsing a magazine rack, or watching the Oscars? You’re not alone. One study examined the effect celebrity social media accounts have on adolescents, finding that exposure to “perfect” pictures of “perfect” celebrities significantly increases body image dissatisfaction and a drive to be [...]
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Developing Healthy Body Confidence Among Adolescent Girls

African American Black Woman in Blue Sweater Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Negative body image or poor body confidence can put adolescent girls at risk for numerous negative outcomes, including the development of eating disorders, depression, and other mental or behavioral health concerns. According to a 2018 study in the Journal of Eating Disorders, body dissatisfaction is “one of [...]
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Disordered Exercise, Eating Disorders and Sports Therapy

Female athlete stretching Disordered exercise is one possible symptom of an eating disorder. This symptom is most common in individuals with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. While exercise is beneficial for mental and physical health, abuse of exercise can be physically and emotionally damaging [1]. Some signs of disordered exercise include compulsive exercise (exercising even if sick or [...]
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Reducing Shame in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman thinks about Effective Anorexia Treatment The link between shame and eating disorders Shame is a universal human emotion that has been defined as a painful self-conscious feeling characterized by a sense of being flawed, different, and defective. Shame can be either internal or external. Internal shame is experienced when a person has negative views about oneself (for example, “I think [...]
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Body Investment Scale

Mirror with Makeup and Roses Researchers and clinicians have long used body image and body dissatisfaction to assess the relationship individuals with eating disorders have with their bodies. Although these can be helpful in determining a person’s perception of their body, a new assessment tool has emerged that goes beyond external image concerns and uncovers the individual’s emotional investment in [...]
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Exercise and Poor Body Image

Woman running a treadmill. Exercise is important for physical and mental health [1]. But what happens when exercise becomes harmful? Exercise can be damaging physically and emotionally if it becomes abusive [1]. It can be difficult to know if someone is abusing exercise. Here are some signs: Dependence Someone is dependent on exercise when they use it to avoid upsetting [...]
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