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Signs That You Need to Improve Your Body Image



For most, health and appearance can be at the top of the list in a relentless pursuit of thinness - a quest that all too often results in low self-esteem, body-image disturbances or an eating disorder.

"Many women obsess over body size and weight and develop distorted body images partly as a reflection of low self-esteem," says Adrienne Ressler, national training director for The Renfrew Centers. Body-image problems range from mild dissatisfaction to severe body-hatred. Some of the common warning signs that indicate that a person may be suffering from body-image problems include:

-Is unable to accept a compliment.
-Lets mood be affected by how she thinks she looks.
-Constantly compares herself to others.
-Calls herself disparaging names - "fat," "gross," "ugly," "flabby."
-Attempts to create a "perfect" image.
-Seeks constant reassurance from others that her looks are acceptable.
-Consistently overestimates the size of her body or body parts.
-Believes if she could attain her goal weight or size, she would accept herself.
-Allows her drive for thinness to supersede all of life's pleasures or goals.
-Equates thinness with beauty, success, perfection, happiness, confidence, and self-control.
-Compartmentalizes the body into parts - (thighs, stomach, buttocks, hips, etc.) rather than feeling connected to the whole body.
-Has an ever-present fear of being fat - even if she is slim.
-Has an overriding sense of shame about her self and her body.

Focus on the day-to-day decisions to get good, tasty fuel and fun physical activity, have friends, express yourself. These are key elements of physical and emotional well-being!