Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Articles
What do Body Image and Binge Eating Have in Common?
Posted on December 14, 2014
For anyone who has ever struggled with binge eating, it will come as no surprise that bingeing and body image are intimately linked. When we engage in eating behaviors that we know in our hearts aren’t supporting our best health, or when we mentally associate our own repeated actions with a body type that we see as undesirable, we’re likely to be carrying around some serious body image baggage. The good news about this connection, though, is that by making a positive change on one side of the equation, we can impact the other side as well.
Does Weight Loss Improve Body Image?
Posted on December 13, 2014
There is a common belief that body image is correlated with one’s actual physical appearance. That is, many of us believe that if we somehow “improve” how we look – by losing weight, for example - we will be happier with our appearance. It makes sense, but it is not always true. A Purdue University study has demonstrated that Caucasian teenage girls who lose weight, transitioning from an obese weight into a healthier weight range, still see themselves as overweight even after they’ve shed the pounds. So, losing weight doesn’t always make us feel better about ourselves. Why is this? Here are a few reasons.
Body Image and Nutrition
Posted on December 12, 2014
When it comes to challenges with body image, the conversation usually focuses on the emotional toll such struggles can take. They can severely damage our confidence and sense of self-worth, and that can hold us back from living our fullest lives. However, you might be surprised to learn that body image struggles can be detrimental to our physical health as well. Those who suffer from a poor body image may try a number of tactics to reduce calories in their diet, and that can lead to a diet that is lacking in important nutrients. Read on to learn how some of the most common calorie-cutting strategies can end up robbing our diets of the nutrients we need to be truly healthy.
Weight Loss and Pleasure: What’s the Connection?
Posted on December 11, 2014
Often, we associate the pleasure of food with weight gain. When we enjoy food “too much,” the thinking goes, we over-indulge and pack on extra pounds. Actually, the reverse is often true – pleasure, when approached in a healthy way, can actually help us lose weight. But there are a number of toxic beliefs and behaviors we need to overcome for that to be the case.
Body Image and Touch
Posted on December 10, 2014
Of course, many of us realize that our body image relates most closely to our own conception of our worth. If we believe we are worthy human beings, regardless of what the scale says, we are likely to have a positive body image—and vice versa.
Men, Body Image, and the Media
Posted on December 9, 2014
More and more, there is a growing awareness around the ways in which media messages negatively impact the body image and self-esteem of women and girls. But what about men and boys? Though the dialogue around it may not be as robust, the way that men and boys see themselves is certainly shaped by the media.
Why Isn’t My Diet Working?
Posted on December 8, 2014
It seems almost paradoxical. We’re told that losing weight is just a matter of striking the right ratio of calories in to calories out. So we go on a diet. We strictly follow its rules. We limit our calorie intake. We exercise. But we don’t lose weight. What’s going on? Here are some important factors to consider.
Body Image and the Elderly
Posted on December 7, 2014
Typically we think of body image concerns as a problem that affects adolescents and young adults, but this is not always the case. As several new studies show, the elderly, and in particular elderly women, are increasingly concerned about body image and physical appearance. If you work with the elderly or simply have a beloved senior in your life, keep these factors in mind to better understand their relationships with their bodies.
Natural Weight Loss and Mindfulness
Posted on December 6, 2014
In the world of nutrition, there is often so much focus on how quickly a particular diet can help us lose weight, and how many pounds it can help us shed, that we forget why we want to lose weight to begin with—to be healthy and happy. Applying the seven attitudinal factors of mindfulness, as outlined by Dr. Job Kabat-Zinn, to weight loss can help us approach the process in a way that promotes true well-being. The factors are non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.
Weight Loss and Love: What’s the Connection?
Posted on December 5, 2014
We often think that successful weight loss has to do with discipline and willpower. That those who are able to lose the weight and keep it off are the ones with the tenacity to stick to a rigid diet plan. But this is not actually the case. In reality, weight loss has much more to do with how we view love than with our supposed level of willpower – here’s how.
Body Image and Exercise
Posted on December 4, 2014
At first glance, it may seem like exercising and having a positive body image are at odds. After all, we often exercise in order to lose weight because we do not have a positive attitude about our bodies as they are. But, as a University of Florida study suggests, exercise can actually help us to love our bodies more - here’s how!
Why Be An Eating Psychology Coach?
Posted on December 3, 2014
The professional field of coaching has exploded over the last decade, becoming more and more widespread. Why has this happened? Well, for a number of very good reasons. In terms of life and health coaching, many people are beginning to feel that there is more to life than simply making a living. Quality of life - having a sense that you’re living as fully as you can - matters.
Is it Okay to be Fat?
Posted on December 2, 2014
There are all kinds of reasons why many of us are afraid of gaining weight. One is the fear of judgment - we worry that others won’t find us attractive. Indeed, there is a great deal of pressure on both women and men to conform to arbitrary, cultural standards of physical attractiveness. Another primary concern, of course, is health. It is presumably common knowledge in our modern society that carrying extra weight is the direct cause of a range of illnesses. However, while being overweight or obese is associated with certain health conditions, scientifically, the connection is not as straightforward as it has been made to appear.
Body Image: Is It Influenced By Your Family?
Posted on December 1, 2014
There has been a lot of talk lately about the impact that the media can have on the way we feel about our bodies. But what other factors influence our body image? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that a lot of our beliefs about our bodies come from our families.
Lessons We Can Learn From Vegans
Posted on November 28, 2014
There is no single diet that’s right for everyone, and it’s important for us to listen to the unique needs of our own bodies. But there is often valuable wisdom to be gained from different diets, which we can incorporate into our daily routines whether or not we decide to embrace the full lifestyle.
Body Image Around the Globe
Posted on November 27, 2014
To many of us, it may seem that certain standards of beauty - like thinness, for example - reflect an objective reality. We’ve heard it so often that it just feels true - that being thin is absolutely better than the alternative. But this is not the case. Cultural standards of beauty are arbitrary, and are often quite different, depending on where in the world you’re located. Here are some insights to keep in mind.