Body Image and Size: My Life Will be Perfect when I’m a Size ___ (Yeah, right!)

(Note:  All names and identifying information throughout my blog have been changed to protect individuals.) I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right.  A physician came in for help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our sessions he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  Chicken is the perfect food….

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 Stories: My Body Image Story, Part 3

            I never did reach the “magic number” of 105.  But this is probably a good thing because even when I weigh 134 pounds, I have a body fat percentage of 17%.  That is quite low.  In fact, the models in Europe are now required to maintain a body fat percentage of 17% or more….

My Body Image Story, Part 2: The Magic Number

About two years after moving to Maui, my family moved back to the Mainland. But the bubbly, outgoing teen that landed back at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had changed forever. The new version had been ravaged by daily harassment until she grew into a shy, depressed young woman who had only a fraction of the…

Body Image: Making Peace with Your Body

Join me, a licensed mental health counselor, in reclaiming the plunder of the body image bandit. Together we will keep the body image bandit at bay through laughter, story, psychology, and faith.