How to Help Someone with Body-Image Disturbance
How to Help Someone with Body-Image Disturbance Men and women can learn to make peace with their bodies—no matter what their size or shape. In fact, it is self-love and acceptance that promotes the self-care and self-nurturing necessary for high esteem.
Recent studies indicate that self-esteem and body-esteem are very closely linked and have little relation to actual physical attractiveness. Thus, the true indicator of a good body-image is good self-esteem—as opposed to being able to fit into a certain size pair of jeans.
The following suggestions can help promote better body-esteem for every body.
- Base compliments on attributes other than size, weight, or shape.
- Minimize "diet" and weight talk.
- Never joke about or shame anyone because of his/her weight or shape.
- Examine your own attitudes and preferences about weight and size.
- Raise your own and others' consciousness about the cultural bias regarding thinness.
- Believe that a person's body distortion is real for him/her (not just attention-getting), and respond in an empathic manner.
- Be knowledgeable about professional resources for help. These include dietitians, psychologists, body-image specialists, the Personal Counseling Center, etc.
- Discourage dieting or weight-loss fads, and instead, encourage a wellness lifestyle.
- Don't equate thinness with happiness.
- Remember that there is no "ideal" body. Beautiful bodies come in all sizes and shapes.
Source: The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
Personal Counseling Center
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
Erin M. Moss, MA, LMHC-P
Mental Health Counselor
Isabel Molina, APRN BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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