Self-reflection Sunday: Body Image

What makes you feel beautiful? - For me it's a number of things, not always tied to each other, but always small: when I put my hair in a messy bun but the kind that looks freaking amazing; if I love the outfit I'm wearing; when I treat my body well by eating nutritious foods;…

Body Image: Eating Disorders

We judge our bodies too harshly. Judge ourselves even more for judging our bodies. We wonder why or how or when we might become greater than this. Greater than poking and prodding at the parts of us that are too big or not big enough. We turn to our minds time and time again to…

Body Image: Men

Body shaming and women I understand. Of course I do, I'm a woman. Body shaming re: men is a foreign concept to me. While I understand what is being marketed to boys and men today as the "perfect" body includes six-pack abs, chiseled chest, and arms full of muscle, what I don't fully grasp is…

Body Image: Body Shaming

Body shaming, what is it? Walden Behavioral Care describes it as, "criticizing yourself or others because of some aspect of physical appearance." Body shaming can come in many forms. Common ones that come to mind include fat shaming and skinny shaming, but there are many more ways in which we shame bodies. Recently, I've seen…

What is Body Image

This month we'll be covering the topic of body image including body shaming, men and body image, and eating disorders. But before we dive into those topics, let's talk about what body image is. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) defines body image as: "Body image is how you see yourself when you look in…