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Body Image

Understanding Body Image

We know that bodies are not “one size fits all,” so our approach to understanding and addressing body image struggles isn’t either. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of the factors that impact your unique body image struggles while promoting body acceptance and self-compassion for individuals of all shapes and sizes.

Is it Really an Eating Disorder?

We live in a culture that rewards rigid ideas about health, weight, shape and size, so it can be difficult to recognize when your thoughts and behaviors have become dangerous. Take a quiz and find out.

What to Look For

Body image problems occur along a continuum that ranges from mild dissatisfaction to severe body-hatred. Body image disturbance is generally seen in conjunction with self-esteem and self-compassion issues, depression, eating disorders, and/or sexual abuse. An individual may have poor body image if they:

  • Call themself disparaging names
  • Believe attaining a specific weight, shape or size will change their life or bring happiness
  • Constantly compare themself to others
  • Experience an overriding sense of shame about their body and self
  • Perceive a mismatch between what they think they look like and how others see them
  • Feel disconnected from their body and the emotions it holds
  • Use dieting and exercise to control the weight, shape and size of their body

How to Help Someone with a Body Image Issue

No matter their size or shape, individuals can learn to make peace with their bodies through self-compassion and self-acceptance. Let them know they are loved and valued no matter their size. Base your compliments on attributes other than size, weight or shape. No matter how critical they are of themselves, respond with empathy and let them know they have your support. Finally, reach out to a Renfrew Program Information Specialist to schedule a FREE assessment or to learn more about our services.

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Effectively Treating Body Image Issues

Early intervention provides the best chance for recovery from body image issues. Pay attention to the warning signs – a destructive cycle may eventually lead to irreversible medical problems. If you are struggling, embrace yourself – you need love, not “fixing.”

Reach Out to Us

Call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739)

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