Signs of Body-Image Disturbance
Body-image problems occur along a continuum that ranges from mild dissatisfaction to severe body-hate. Body-image disturbance is generally seen in conjunction with self-esteem issues, depression, eating disorders, or sexual abuse. These warning signs may indicate that a problem exists:
- Unable to accept a compliment.
- Mood is affected by how he/she thinks he/she looks.
- Constantly compares self to others.
- Calls himself/herself disparaging names — "fat", "gross", "ugly", "flabby".
- Attempts to create a "perfect" image.
- Seeks constant reassurance from others that his/her looks are acceptable.
- Consistently overestimates/underestimates the size of his/her body or body parts.
- Believes if he/she could attain his/her goal weight or size, he/she would accept himself/herself.
- Allows his/her drive for thinness to supersede all of life's pleasure of 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 he/she is slim.
- Has an overriding sense of shame about his/her self and his/her body.
Source: The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
Campus location: Marguerite Hall, 1st FL
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Evening Hours by Appointment
Phone: (716) 829-7819 Kim Zittel, LMHC, NCC
Director, Personal Counseling Center
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
National Certified Counselor Isabel Molina, APRN BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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