Chances are, if you have a body, particularly if you are a woman in this culture and have a body, you have your own varying degree of dissatisfaction with it. As clinicians, we know that we struggle with many of the same difficulties that our clients do; for example, many clinicians know first-hand the struggles of anxiety, depression, substance use, or trauma. But all these things can be hidden struggles. In contrast, our bodies are highly visible. Our bodies can be and are judged by ourselves and by our clients. Talking about issues related to food, body image, and weight often highlight that uncomfortable fact.
Episode 26: Body Image
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Having a positive body image helps children and young people feel good about themselves and supports their mental health and wellbeing for life. People with a positive body image are comfortable with their appearance and are more likely to think about their body in terms of its functionality rather than its form. In other words, they focus mostly on the way their body helps them do the things they want to do — playing sport, climbing trees or walking the dog — rather than how their body looks. Children and young people with positive body image might not be completely satisfied with their appearance, but they concentrate on assets rather than flaws. This way of thinking contributes to a positive sense of self-worth.