Body Image Concerns

We frequently receive conflicting messages about our bodies, particularly from the media.

These messages can be harmful to our health and well-being. They can negatively impact how we view ourselves and our confidence levels and, in some cases, lead to eating disorders. Body image is usually based more on perceptions and feelings than how we actually look.

Common experiences include:

  • Lacking confidence in your body shape, size, and attractiveness
  • Having a distorted perception of your body
  • Constantly comparing yourself to others
  • Defining your self-worth by your physical appearance
  • Obsessing about food, calories, weight, and/or exercise
  • Emotional eating or restricting food
  • Starving yourself or purging
  • Excessive exercise
  • Feelings of guilt and shame around food
  • Feeling miserable or disconnected from yourself
  • Believing you are unworthy
  • Excessive grooming
  • Seeking reassurance from others about your looks
Four multi-ethnic women of varying sizes in bathing suits holding a sign that says, "Every body is beautiful"

It’s important to learn how to develop a more compassionate relationship with your body and a healthier approach to eating. With the support and expertise of one of our therapists, you can work towards achieving a positive body image and a healthier lifestyle.