The Fashion Police Chronicles – Oscars Style

“We’re more than just our dresses,” said Reese Witherspoon. Preach it, Reese! Every year, after the Academy awards, the fashion police nitpick the female participants to pieces. A total meat market – fashionista style. I love fashion and design. For me, fashion invites be to express myself in art. If I had to choose a…

Stop Obsessing about Body Image Issues (and Get On with Life!)

Have you ever wondered how much time you waste per day by thinking about: Do these jeans make my tooshie look big? I need to lose weight! Is that woman (in front of you at the grocery store) thinner or fatter than me? Have I eaten “good” food or “bad” food today? I wish my…

The Million Dollar Body Image Question

When did you first begin to obsess about your body?  Can you identify what event or events sprung you into yo-yo dieting, starving yourself, purging, binge eating, and/or excessive exercising? Once you can do that, you’ve identified a major contributor that prevents you from developing healthy relationships with food and exercise.  Draw a time line of your…

Your Body Image Time Line

When did you first begin to obsess about your body?  Can you identify what event or events sprung you into yo-yo dieting, starving yourself, purging, binge eating, and/or excessive exercising?  Once you can do that, you’ve identified a major contributor that prevents you from developing healthy relationships with food and exercise.  Draw a time line of your…

Body Image and Your Scale: Does it Own You, or Do You Own It?

Photo by Chelsea Panos How much power have you given your scale? Many people let the numbers dictate whether they have a good day or bad day.  They feel like it owns them, and they give it a lot of power in their lives. Over the past several years counseling women, I’ve encountered many who give…

Body Image and LeAnn Rimes: Worshiping the Art of Skinniness

Does LeAnn Rimes have an eating disorder?  A few days ago, she posted a picture of herself in a bikini on Twitter.  This started a tsunami of tweets about whether or not LeAnn has an eating disorder, including one saying “@leannrimes “Whoa, you’re scary skinny! Sorry don’t mean to offend but that’s a lot of bones showing…

Body Image: Abuse, Drinking, and Eating Disorders

As we discussed in the last blog entry, eating disorders, abuse, and drinking are often three sides of a dangerous triangle.  Candy’s story described the entanglement of these three issues.  Often an overly critical comment about a woman’s body propels her into a deeper layer of self-contempt.  Sometimes such comments stir the soul to the…

Body Image: How to Develop a Healthy Body Image

By now, if you have been following this blog for long, you understand that issues with food, weight, and body image are much more about your heart and your story than food and weight.  Let me say it again:  It is NOT about food!  It is about your heart and your story.  Until you work…

Body Image: How Mothers Influence Body Image

A great deal has been written on how fathers play strong roles in the development of their daughters’ eating disorders.  Negative relationships between fathers and daughters create holes in the hearts of their daughters which they believe can be filled by getting and staying thin.  Not surprisingly, girls and women have fallen prey to the jaws…

7 Ways to Protect Your Daughter (or Son) from Eating Disorders

After her brother said she was fat, Karen (not her real name) vowed to do whatever it took to get into a pair of size 6 Calvin Klein jeans.  Most women who struggle with eating disorders remember this type of significant moment in their stories.  This vow included starving herself to the point that she…