TO MODULE 1
Welcome to Module 1 for clinicians! In this module we will focus on normal eating, strategies and provide you with information on disordered eating that we hope will help you in your journey of supporting young people.
Support young people
Manage expectations for young people
Encourage self-worth for young people
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
How we think of our bodies inside our minds
Body image is the way we think and feel about the way our body looks and functions, and the way we behave and treat our bodies. Its about how we evaluate our appearance, and how we relate to our bodies more broadly.
Young people with negative body image struggle to feel good about their body or appearance
Poor body image can impact on a young people's self-image and contribute to low self-esteem
Many things can contribute
to negative body image
Evaluate your appearance
Think and feel about the way
your body looks and functions
Behave, treat and
relate to your body
Body dissatisfaction may be a risk factor or a symptom of disordered eating
Negative body image may lead
to dieting or disordered eating
Negative body image tends to be prominent in those experiencing disordered eating or diagnosed with an eating disorder because higher value is placed on body shape and weight when determining self-worth
Being happy with how your
body actually is
Not letting your appearance rule your life
Recognising that who you are as a person is more important than how you look
Believing how healthy your body is to be more important than how it looks
Feeling comfortable with your body
Realising that the perfect body does not exist
Accepting your body for how it is
Feeling like my worth is based on how others see me.
Thinking that how I look matters more than looking after my health.
Worrying that my friends are negatively judging my appearance.
Being constantly aware of what might be wrong with my appearance.
Feeling uncomfortable in my own skin
Feeling like there is something wrong with my
Being very critical towards my body.
Building a positive body image
isn’t about changing how you look
It’s about changing how you think about how you look and your behaviours as a result.
You can encourage your young person to start thinking in a more accepting way towards their body.
Support them to adopt behaviours that foster positive body image.
...and encourage your young person to do the same
What if I told you the word pretty is a skin deep, 6 letter prison they put you in.
They say if you lost some weight you’d be so pretty .
If your skin was clearer, you’d be so pretty.
But what they really mean is, if only you looked like our mass produced ideal, you’d be so pretty.
Let me tell you a secret, they do not want you to know.
Nothing about you is pretty, nor will it ever be so. You see pretty is too small, and simple a word to capture the exquisitely complex human phenomenon that you are.
Every atom of you was plucked between the quiet between supernovas and stars. A carefully chosen palette of your skin, your eyes, your muscles and bones from sunsets and skies.
Tell them to think about their qualities (caring, kind, loving, honest), their ambitions, what their friends or family might say about them
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