What do you think you look like? Body image is the mental representation one creates, but it may or may not bear close relation to how others actually see you. Body image is subject to all kinds of distortion from internal elements like our emotions, moods, early experiences, attitudes of our parents, and much more. Nevertheless, it strongly influences behavior. Preoccupation with and distortions of body image are widespread among American women (and, to a lesser extent, among males), but they are driving forces in eating disorders, feeding severe anxiety than can be assuaged only by dieting.

Recent posts on Body Image

Is Your Teen Addicted to Dieting? Try a Social Media Fast

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 16, 2017 in One More Bite
Why a social media fast might be an essential tool for eating disorder recovery.

Fit or Fat, Fat but Fit, or Big Fat Lies

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on August 16, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Another study suggests we can’t be fat and fit. An eating behavior therapist discusses what we really know.

Unusual Ways to Lose Weight

Losing weight isn't always healthy. Beware: Here are ten things that will make the weight come off.

Three Things I Know for Sure

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 14, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Oprah says Weight Watchers is mindful eating and weight loss is the only path to health. Here are three things I know for sure about health, weight, dieting, and mindful eating.

Finding Peace in The Anti-Diet Age

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 05, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
The New York Times story "Losing it in the Anti-Diet Age," documents the tension between diet-culture and the anti-diet movement. Perhaps the real question is how to find peace.

Sizeism Is Harming Too Many of Us: Fat Shaming Must Stop

By Christopher Bergland on August 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Much needed efforts are being made to reduce sizeism, weight bias, and medical fat shaming by health care providers.

Is Thin Beautiful? Looking and Seeing

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Part II: What actually happens when you look at thin people, or not-thin people, including yourself, and what can you change?

Is Thin Beautiful?

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
There are a number of ways thinness can disguise itself as beauty.

Seven Ways to Fight the Body Image Blues

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Let’s reclaim some of that time we spend despairing about our bodies and get back to what really matters.
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The No-Makeup Look Creates a Dilemma for Women

By Tara Well Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Research explains the pros and cons of going barefaced.

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

The Covert Bullying of Obese Adults

Negative judgments of a job candidate's weight can carry over to other traits.

Responding Wisely to Food Addiction Relapses

When you have an eating addiction, it's not about the food. It's about how you use the food.
To The Bone

Chilled...To The Bone

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in One More Bite
Want a therapist's take on this highly publicized eating disorder film?
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Like Mother, Like Daughter?

By S.M. Schmitt on July 13, 2017 in Eat, Write, Love
Why do so many daughters of mothers with anorexia nervosa also develop an eating disorder? Current scientific perspectives are discussed

Four Messages We Wished We Got from the New Wonder Woman

Two body image experts review the new Wonder Woman movie. Here are four critical messages we think the film left out.

How to Overcome Body Shame

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on July 05, 2017 in Modern Sex
Do you suffer with painful thoughts and feelings about your body? Start practicing new ways of relating to yourself to lessen shame and strengthen compassion for your body.

The Ugly Truth About Silencing Women

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Beauty Sick
When we ignore what women say in order to focus on how they look, we stifle meaningful debate and feed a culture that is already too saturated with appearance-driven commentary.

This Independence Day, Free Yourself from Body Criticism

We are so much more than the sum of our physical parts. This Independence Day, let’s give ourselves a break from the cycle of comparison, and relax in our skin, cellulite and all.

Will "To the Bone" Trigger Eating Disorders?

Netflix did it again, first with their release of 13 Reasons Why and now with their soon to be released To the Bone, raising controversy among mental health professionals.

Skin Problems and Depression

Are you dealing with skin issues and depression?

Being "Good in Bed"

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on June 25, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Many men and women worry about not being "good in bed." The advice I give applies to many other sort of personal encounters: a first date, a job interview, or selling something

Put Your Own Spin on It

Have you ever wondered just how far to push your body while exercising? Is pain really good for your psyche?

Caution, Moms: Your Daughters Are Listening

It’s summer. For millions of women, wearing a bathing suit in public is agonizing. Do we keep beating ourselves up or try something new this year for the sake of our daughters?

The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.

Sins of the Mothers: Perpetuating Older Feminine Stereotypes

Sometimes it's the little things that count when trying to change things up for future generations of girls.

Dove’s Latest Body Positivity Failure

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Beauty Sick
If Dove’s bottles could speak, they’d blend right into the chorus of voices encouraging women to take an objectified perspective on their own bodies.

Eating Disorders Spread Among Asians

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 13, 2017 in Minority Report
In the past three decades, Asian countries have seen a surge in eating disorders coinciding with exposure to western standards of beauty. Asian culture also plays a role.

Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Why does the LGBT population have a higher prevalence of eating disorders?

Drunkorexia and the Rise of “Rexias” in Disordered Eating

Excessive drinking, clean eating and food restriction are all known to contribute to poor body image, low self-esteem and worst of all; eating disorders.