Tag Archives: Body Image Disorder

How to Cope with Weight Comments at Family Holiday Parties

Woman with ear muffs The holidays and family, don’t you just love the weight comments? Know how you will handle a family member who makes unnecessary comments about your weight. Everyone has to prepare for family holidays in their own way. Some people are making the meals, others gifts, and almost everyone is gearing up to deal with the [...]
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Study Explores Link Between Motor System and Eating Disorders

Woman thinking about Family Therapy for ARFID Contributed by Kerri Gilfillan, PsyD – Clinical Lead Eating Disorders – Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center It’s widely understood that individuals with an eating disorder (ED) have a complicated and altered relationship with their bodies. Researchers have been exploring this relationship from visual, emotional, and physical perspectives over time and are learning more about this relationship [...]
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A Theory of Body Image: Dysfunctional to Positive Body Image

Woman in Movement Therapy and showing Gratitude in Eating Disorder Recovery One of the central symptoms of an eating disorder is the unhealthy relationship to one’s body regarding how the body is fed, cared for, and accepted.  Positive body image can play an integral role in the treatment of eating disorders.  Individuals can not only recover from symptoms of the eating disorder but work to nurture a [...]
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What to Do When the Mirror Lies

Woman standing by river with Body Dysmorphic Disorder Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD is a disorder that develops from poor self-esteem, distorted body image, and a slowly developing obsession with one or more aspects of the body that the person feels is flawed or distorted in some way. Often those with BDD will spend hours daily looking at, thinking about, and obsessing over [...]
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Does Everyone With an ED Have Body Dysmorphia?

Woman sitting down next to a lake Eating Disorders are most often accompanied by low body dissatisfaction, lowered self-esteem, and distorted body image. Body Dysmorphia is a severe condition where obsessional, fixated thoughts are around particular body parts or areas of the body that are perceived to be misshapen or grotesque in some way. Often these two can be co-occurring. Body Dysmorphia [...]
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Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: Breaking the Cycle

Woman with binge eating disorder seated by the river Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation Why does the human heart so strive for perfection? What is it about its harmony, beauty, and ethereality that so draw us? There is a tremendous drive in all of us to be better, [...]
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Serena Williams Addresses Body Image in a Letter to Her Mom

Serena Williams statue Serena Williams has long been an inspiration to women. For over 20 years, she has fought back against racism, sexism, and body-shamers while excelling at her craft on the tennis courts. Williams continued to inspire and speak on issues that matter when, after giving birth to her daughter, she wrote a thoughtful and touching tribute [...]
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Can I Accept My Body at It’s Natural, Comfortable Weight?

Woman smelling a flower and using Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery Many people today struggle with body image or accepting where their body’s natural weight may fall. Research surveys have found that approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and engage in dieting behaviors in order to achieve what they consider to be their ideal body shape or weight [1]. The mainstream media and [...]
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Effective Treatments for Body Dysmorphia

Man exercising and struggling with body dysmorphia Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder. A person who suffers from this disorder believes that they look significantly different in one or more area or feature of their body, and feel they look ugly or deformed when in reality they do not. Due to a person’s beliefs, they will isolate, stop socializing, [...]
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Examining the Link Between Body Dysmorphia and PTSD

Woman struggling with Binge Eating Disorder Contributor: Kim DeVos, MA is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, seasonal affective disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, result from a number of complex factors. It is not uncommon for mental illnesses to co-occur with one another. For example, major depression can develop alongside [...]
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