I thought I would share a podcast episode with you about understanding body image.
It was such an honor to be a guest on the Imperfect Health podcast with Kelly Jones and Kim Hoban. It was recorded pre-COVID crisis, but I think it’s super applicable to today’s world.
I don’t know about you, but a lot of our clients at my group private practice, Eat With Knowledge, have been struggling lately.
I’m seeing all sorts of things pop up in sessions like increased eating disorder behaviors, feelings getting trapped, increased anxiety and depression, and lots of thoughts about negative body image.
To me, body image is not just how we feel about our physical body and how our body looks. It’s so much more than just appearance. To me, body image is the relationship that you have with your body.
It’s unique to every person, but we also have to recognize body image has to do with society as well.
I’ve learned so much about body image over the past decade.
Not just in my own healing and recovery, but training from amazing healthcare professionals like Marci Evans, Fiona Sutherland, and Bri Campos! I also love to learn more about body image by following people like Ashlee Bennet, Meredith Noble, and Kimmie Singh (if you’re interested in this topic, go right now and check everyone out!)
Body image is complex.
Body image work is full of nuance.
Body image work is also relatively new-ish, and I still think we have a LOT to learn as a field.
However, the work is needed with our clients.
So many clients report that body image work is missing in treatment. Clients also say that body image is a top reason for relapse. I truly feel like the more we address this issue with our clients, the more insight they will have into healing.
So go check out the Imperfect Health podcast episode and let me know what you think!
In this episode, I shared a little of my own journey and also how I try to help clients with body image.
P.S. Do you have a favorite podcast? Let me know! I am always looking for new shows to listen to AND to go get interviewed AND to feature dietitians on my own podcast!