Overcoming Body Image Issues

The roots and bottom section of interestingly shaped trees metaphoritcally represent body image ideas of good and bad

What Is A Bad Body Image Really?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 13, 2022 |

Bodies are neither good nor bad. Body image, however, can’t say the same. Good, bad, or somewhere in between, body image isn’t really about your body at all. It’s about the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you have about it. Positive thoughts and feelings? Good body image. Negative thoughts and feelings? Bad body image.  For most…

It’s Not (Only) About Beauty: The Damage Beach Body Images Do To ALL Of Us

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 5, 2022 |

You’ve probably heard the saying about beach body images. The one that goes like this: If you want a beach body, go to the beach. With your body. Now you have a beach body! Sigh. If only we were all socialized to feel that eeezy breezy. But we’re not. We feel self conscious. If we…

a young black boy showing male body image issues do not start off at a young age

Three Reasons Male Body Image Issues Aren’t Discussed As Frequently As Females’

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 13, 2022 |

Bikini-prepping, Keto dieting, scales, tape measures, photo filters, celebrity icons, and constant self-evaluation in the company of a mirror. We may know it’s not healthy, yet somehow society has developed a collective “not-surprised” numbness to girls and body image issues.  But what about guys?  Why don’t we hear about male body image issues the way…

What Parents Must Know About Social Media and Body Image Research

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 25, 2022 |

Helicopter parents, listen up! You may risk hearing, “I hate you!” followed by a slamming door as your teenager storms away. But this is an important credential to add to your (so your child thinks) overprotective parenting resumé. Social media and body image research are on screen-time overdrive for kids. And you ought to be…

A black women from the chest up is smiling, as if uses body image affirmations to help with her self care.

7 Body Image Affirmations EVERY HSP Needs To Explore

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 15, 2022 |

You’re aware. Of darn near everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s outside of you or inside of you, it doesn’t get by you. And by golly, that goes for your body, too. Thanks to Diet Culture, feeling badly about your own body is more common than not. Add in the heightened awareness and depth of…

A headless photo of a woman holding a pocket book and dressed in a long coat, as if she is going to reveal how to improve body image

How To Improve Your Body Image

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 13, 2022 |

She wiggles and giggles and waves and kicks, catching fingers and toes for chewing as they pass her angelic face. She delights in the perfection of herself and the perfection of being alive. There is nothing to improve. “Body image,” in the purity of her infancy, isn’t something to be learned, let alone grappled with…

A group of 5 teenagers looking at their cell phones, possibly good candidates for improving body image

6 Strategies For Improving Body Image

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 19, 2021 |

The reflection you see in the mirror may seem straightforward for a quick passing. “Good hair day,” “bad hair day,” “looking good,” “just not feeling it.” But, in truth, what you see is more than visual. It’s deeper and more complex than that. Your “acceptance” or “rejection” of a moment’s reflection in a mirror is…

a child with a camera, representing the importance of parents being familiar with body image in the media

3 Articles About Body Image In The Media That Every Parent Should Read

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 11, 2021 |

Whatever your child’s age or gender, body image is a topic that belongs in your daily teaching and communication. If body image is a sensitive or confusing topic for you as an adult, imagine how it can impact a child’s impressionable mind. Information about body image in the media will help you become more comfortable…

A woman of African American descent in a blue bikini and holding pink balloons demonstrates an example of a body positive campaign photo. ,

How Media Affects Body Image: Do Body Positive Campaigns Work?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 7, 2021 |

Open up any social media app, and you’ll see it – in ads, in videos, in your friends’ posts and photos. Turn on the TV or open a magazine, and you’ll see it – in commercials, in programs, in fashion and makeup ads. You really can’t escape the countless normalized examples of how media affects…

The torsos of two women, sitting back to back on a rock with food next to them, suggestive of Diet Culture

88 Healthy Body Image Role Models You Need To Meet

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 11, 2021 |

Healthy body image role models are tough to find, let alone meet. Especially in Diet Culture. Diet Culture is a system of false beliefs that we’re taught. Despite their glaring untruths, they’re almost universally endorsed in Western culture — so much so that we often can’t distinguish fact from myth. Diet Culture is dangerous. It…

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