As well as considering the ways in which your own behaviour and thoughts may cause and maintain body image issues...
...it’s also important to reflect on society’s
impact, including the media’s
Your social media usage may impact
your body image.
Research shows that viewing body positive social media has a positive effect on men and women's body image, self-compassion and mood.
Who you follow on apps like Instagram & TikTok may make a bigger difference to body image than time spent on social media. Diversifying your feed is important!
Consider why you choose to follow certain accounts. How do you feel before and after going on social media?
It’s important to think critically when it comes to brands, advertising and well-known apps like Instagram.
Billion dollar industries would be impacted if body image improved. Arguably they would prefer if it doesn’t.
Have you considered what’s real & what’s not when it comes to the media?
When scrolling through social media,
What is the purpose
of this post?
Do I need to buy
something to achieve
Who is profiting
Did you know our bodies naturally filter and detox every single day, if you have a functioning liver and kidneys, its likely a detox is not necessary or even beneficial for you.
These can help to remind you of social media’s unrealistic beauty standards
Parody accounts drive home the idea that entire teams of professionals are needed to create the images that we unfairly compare ourselves too.
The Hot Cross Bun Model shows how thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and behaviours all interact with each other in one situation. In some cases, a vicious cycle can be formed, with unhelpful behaviours triggering negative thoughts.
about her body
She thinks she looks fat and ugly
What Kim did as a result
Kim’s feelings towards
Ashamed, disgusted, embarrassed
Kim feels in her body
Disgust, uncomfortable, shaky, sick
Kim has just gone into Year 9. In the first term, she has been timetabled for swimming for her weekly PE lesson. Kim is worried about what she might look like in her swimming costume so the day before the first session she tries it
on in her bedroom in front of the mirror.
Kim is disgusted by what she sees in the mirror and thinks she looks fat and ugly. She has the image in her mind of her classmates laughing at her as she walks out of the changing room.
This makes her feel ashamed and embarrassed. The following day Kim wakes up shaking and feeling sick. She asks her Mum to call the school to say that she is poorly.
What thoughts/images might you be having in response to seeing yourself on Zoom?
Critical thoughts re. appearance
Tell your friends
you’re tired and
log off the call
your feelings be?
What physical sensations might you be feeling?
Temp rising, tearful
During lockdown, your friends have created a Zoom call one evening for you all to chat online. You can see yourself and everyone else's thumbnails and become self-conscious.
You start to think that your friends must be focusing on how you look and believe that they are judging you as you think you look bad.
You quickly become a mix of feeling embarrassed, ashamed and low and in response you say you are tired and want to go to sleep so that you can leave the call.
Most people evaluate their self-worth (or self-esteem) based on a variety of things. They might evaluate how happy they are based on how well important things in their life are going.
People with eating disorders tend to judge their self-worth based largely on their shape and weight and their ability to control these.
They may have other interests, but over time these seem to take a lesser place in their lives.
What are the things that are important to your self-worth? How many ‘slices’ have you got in your self-worth pie chart? Is controlling eating, shape and weight in one slice? Is it very much larger than the other slices? If this is the case, then you are banking on this ONE area of your life to work out for you so that you can believe that you are of worth.
You may also have other interests and things in your life, but over time, perhaps these have taken a lesser place.
One important and effective way of reducing your over-evaluation of body shape and weight (and their control) is to begin to extend the other areas of your life – enlarging the other slices of your pie, so to speak.
When you start doing this and keep at it, you will find that your life becomes more balanced and you will feel more content over time.
Your current self-worth pie chart
Your future self-worth pie chart (what you would like it to be)
Rank the items for self-worth in terms of their importance.
One way of finding out how important each item is, is to ask yourself, “If something goes wrong in this area, how much does it get to me?”
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