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Body Positivity and DisorderEd Eating

To have a healthy mind, is to live a happy and fulfilling life. 

Thoughts and emotions about food, weight, exercise, being "good-enough", and what we think we look like, can all get in the way of feeling happy and fulfilled 

Having a positive body image and healthy eating behaviors is a life long process. Thoughts and feelings about what food we eat, how much we weight, the way we look, all start as early as 5 or 6. This is developmentally normal to an extent however, many thing can influence this development, which is why I believe and teach others that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your teens and/or yourself.

Therapy along with information can guide, empower, and bring clarity for you to find health and healing.   

Join our Group Therapy sessions on Saturday Mornings by contacting hello@stephaniekontercounseling.com or calling 720-380-3564


 

Types of Disordered Eating

Having a healthy sense of self can really be the key to recovery.

Having a healthy sense of self can really be the key to recovery.


Body Image Effects All of Us

Body Image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses beliefs about your physical appearance including memories, assumptions, and generalizations. As well as feeling about the shape, height, weight of the physical body, and how an individual feels in their body, and the sense of control they have over how it looks and moves.

Having an ineffectively healthy body image can look like:

  • Not wanting to wear a bathing suit because of how you look

  • Avoiding looking in the mirror

  • Wearing loose fitting or overly tight clothes

  • Feeling ashamed of the way you look

  • Withdrawing or isolating self

  • Avoiding taking pictures

 

When Disordered Eating, becomes an Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders can impact the way you feel about yourself mentally and physically. Unknowingly to most individuals who are effected by these behaviors, these struggles impact not only them, but their loved ones as well. Depending on the individual this struggle can effect you for an extended period of time without causing any immediate alarm which why its difficult for change to occur. I recommend looking at the NEDA to look at the specific symptoms that attribute to Eating Disorders. I urge you to talk to a profession if you or someone you love struggles from 2 or more of these symptoms:

  • Inadequate food consumption leading to a weight that is clearly too low.

  • Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting.

  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episode

  • Self-esteem overly related to body image.

  • Excessive nighttime food consumption

  • Excessive exercise (i.e. more than 2 hours a day, or having to exercise everyday, and is deeply distraught when unable to exercise)

  • Self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives as a means of weight control

  • Low sense of self-worth, frequent crying/isolation

Many times, our tendency to focus on what's missing or imperfect about our appearance is really a mirror into what is missing or imperfect within ourselves. Controlling what we eat, how much we eat, how and when we exercise can become an all-consuming way to protect ourselves from feelings we're afraid to face and help us feel a false-sense of control. As a Denver Therapist, I hope to be able to help you identify some of the insecurities and struggles that lie beneath your image of your body, and help you come to a place of self-love and acceptance.


Therapy will address:

  • What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations)

  • Helping you increase body awareness through movement and play

  • Utilize tools to dispute negative existing thoughts that exist

  • How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight

  • Create a positive view of you as a whole

  • How you sense and control your body, in stillness and movement.

  • How you feel in your body, not just about your body.

Again, contact me today or a professional if 2 or more of these symptoms are present

 

If you need a higher level of care beyond outpatient, I can refer you to a higher level of care.

In the meantime, give this assessment to your teen or take yourself. The results may surprise you.