Food and Body Image
There is no denying that we live in a society with clear, and often unrealistic, expectations of what a man or woman should look like. We are also constantly given suggestions for fad diets and other “quick fixes” that promise to somehow free us from the “misery” of being in imperfect bodies. This can often create negative body image. Many individuals in today’s society are so affected by the constant negative talk about bodies that they start to hate and hide themselves. Even to the point of become overly focused on and anxious about body shape, weight, or food. Considering everyone is subjected to these pressures to look “perfect”, how do you know when to seek the guidance of a psychologist? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you ever decide not to go somewhere because of how you look or how you think others will perceive you?
- Have you spend time in front of a mirror saying harsh words to yourself that you would never say to a friend?
- Do you ever eat in isolation, or eat differently in front of others due to the fear that you would be judged?
- Have you tried every fad diet and concluded there is something wrong with you that you can’t keep the weight off?
- Have you achieved a weight or particular body shape just to be disappointed it didn’t bring the happiness or fulfillment you were sure it would?
- Are you frustrated with your weight going up and down?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to seek help from a professional. Body dissatisfaction and food related anxiety or rigidity can lead to the development of an eating disorder, depression or anxiety disorder, and overall low self-esteem.
Early intervention is key!
Image if you stopped fighting an endless battle against yourself and found self acceptance and health in in the ways most appropriate for your specific body. No, accepting yourself will not “make you fat”. And yes, you can accept yourself as you are and become very healthy. In therapy, I will teach you how to question the strong messages you receive from the media. You will become more centered in your personal values, responsibilities, and commitments. We can talk about how to set boundaries with loved ones or acquaintances that seem like they can’t help but make comments on the food you eat or the body you have. I will give you the tools to deal with the very real experience of discrimination based on body size. There is nothing more satisfying than the freedom that comes with owning your authentic self and learning how to be an active participant in your life again. Call today for a free 20 minute consultation to find out how you can release the frustration today!