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Do You Suffer Negative Body Image?

In a culture that values thinness, muscularity, and appearance over personal values, it can be challenging to love and accept your body the way it is. Many people in our culture suffer from a distorted perception of their body. Have you ever felt too fat or too thin, only to find that others have a very different perception? These are examples of body image disorders.

Body image disorder is a belief that one’s body is unacceptable – something to be disparaged, hated and hidden. When these feelings interfere with social and/or occupational functioning, increase anxiety and depression, or lead to the development of eating disorder behaviors, it’s time to seek professional help.

How Can I Accept, let alone Love my Body?

Research shows that psychotherapy, especially cognitive therapy (also known as cognitive behavioral therapy), is the most effective way for people to overcome body image disorder. Understanding the social and familial roots of body image expectations, learning to challenge these beliefs, and becoming a body-positive advocate the key pieces for recovery.

Tips From Top Experts

Tools recommended by top researchers in the field of body image treatment include the following:

  • Create a self-assessment of how your negative body image developed
  • Keep diaries about events that surround moments of body image dissatisfaction
  • Relaxation training
  • Desensitize yourself to body exposure through imagination and systematic desensitization
  • Identify negative body image thoughts and begin the work of adjusting those errors in judgment
  • Identify and challenge self-defeating and avoidant behaviors
  • Develop new strategies to deal with difficult events and people that provoke negative body image
  • Create and practice relapse prevention strategies, with a professional’s 

Call CEDM at (603) 472-2846 to talk to our Intake Coordinator today.

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