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Category Archives: Body Image

News, ideas, research, personal experiences. This is what Castlewood’s Body Image Blog is all about! “Image” and “imagine” aren’t that far apart. Imagine yourself being powerful, strong, and uniquely graceful. Imagine a life where public pressures and private fears about body image aren’t the painful and destructive focus of daily life. Share your reactions and your concerns about the powerful force of body image.

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Diabulimia: Additional Health Risks for Diabetics

Diabulimia: Additional Health Risks for Diabetics

Thousands of individuals with Type 1 diabetes are currently struggling with diabulimia, a dual diagnosis disorder where patients deliberately manipulate insulin intake for the purpose of weight loss. While the side effects and risks for this behavior are enormous, there has been a surge in diagnosis of diabulimia in young people. The mortality rate from diabetes alone is roughly 2.5 percent annually, anorexia nervosa is 6.5 percent, but patients with diabulimia are suffering a mortality rate of 34 percent, per year. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, so all the sugars and simple carbohydrates a…

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eating disorders not limited to women

Eating Disorders not Limited to Women; Men also Struggle

Women are not the only ones who gaze at photos of models and movie stars, wishing they, too, could have the seemingly perfect body. Men have desires for ideal bodies, too, and they can suffer from eating disorders as a result. Women are also not the only ones fighting with problems of self-esteem, guilt and shame. These feelings can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. Though not as commonly discussed, eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia and binge eating – also occur among men. Body image concerns Statistics show that more than 10 million men in the United States…

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Eating disorders have distinct symptoms

Eating Disorders have Distinct Symptoms

Everywhere we turn; we see and hear messages about body image. Advertisements for diet methods come at us rapid-fire, and seductive photos of ultra-thin females and muscle-bound men lead us to believe that looks will bring happiness. Television and billboards geared to our taste buds lead us quickly to high fat, high sugar foods. A person’s weight alone does not signify an eating disorder, but certain behaviors and symptoms can point to a problem. General categories The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating, also called compulsive overeating. All of them involve obsession with food,…

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Body image and eating disorders

Body Image and Eating Disorders

It would be wonderful if I could say negative body image and eating disorders could be fixed if we changed things in the advertising industry and media, but then we wouldn’t be considering all the complex issues which contribute to our overall self-image. At Castlewood, we definitely see a trend with eating disorder clients and social media impacting both their body image and their sense of self. On one hand, social media can be a great tool in recovery if you join the right groups and know people who are positive and supportive. But, it can also be a challenge…

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How Role models Help

How Role Models Can Help Instill a Healthy Body Image

It can be an impossible task as a parent to shield kids from the mass media, distorted advertising, television, movies and Internet, but the messages kids receive at home can have a great impact in counterbalancing this. As role models and guides to children, we can respect our bodies for what they do instead of focusing on how we look, living healthy active lives free of the obsession to be and look perfect. As a parent, aunt or uncle, youth group leader, teacher or coach; we play a crucial role in helping children develop a healthy body image. When a…

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Losing Baby Weight How the tabloid

Losing Baby Weight: How the Tabloid Pressures Celebrities & Consumers

Losing baby weight can be a challenge, but the stress provided by the tabloids doesn’t help. Here are the common unspoken messages in the tabloid headlines seen on a near-weekly basis: Back to a Size 4 just days after having twins! [Message: What’s wrong with you? She did it, why can’t you?] Star Still Wearing Baggy Clothes Two Months After Baby Comes: Career Over? [Message: What’s wrong with her? If she couldn’t do it, you might as well forget it!] Get the theme? Losing baby weight as presented in the tabloids falls into one of two buckets: the good girl…

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Digital Perfection Promotes Distorted Body Images

While we may never know the full extent to which unrealistic media representations encourage a distorted body image in their audience, what is clear is that it’s challenging for children and adults to distinguish what’s real and what is pure fantasy. In an effort to demonstrate how anyone can be changed into a hyper “perfect” version of themselves, the docu-video “Real Women Get Photoshopped” took four women and made them super-models for a day. Most of us might think this a dream come true (and the pampering would surely be welcome), but the distortion of the final images from the…

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Lammily, The New Girl on the Block Helps Girl’s Body Image

Lammily, The New Girl on the Block Helps Girl’s Body Image

Over the last three decades, dolls reflecting an American girl’s body image in regard to culture and skin color have become more readily available in the mass market. While Barbie has modernized her career choices, when translated into a real young woman she still plots out at 5’9” tall, with a 36” bust, 18” waist, 33” hips, and a 9” neck. Average body proportions? Not on this planet. So, welcome Lammily! Lammily is the brainchild of Philadelphia graphic artist and researcher Nicolay Lamm. While his original intent was to create a Barbie-like doll that reflected the average American 19 year…

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Managing Stress Around Body Image and Holiday Parties

Social experiences can be very intimidating for those with eating disorders. The expectation of attending holiday parties can trigger fear and self-doubt, and a desire to soothe these overwhelming feelings through eating disorder behaviors. “What should I wear? What will people think of what I’m wearing and how I look?” Other fears are present around the party: being able to modulate the triggers around food, how to change a meal plan around a holiday buffet, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and alcohol. When at a party, or engaging in a social outing, the internal Eating Disorder Voice tells clients that everyone is…

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Weight Bullying Affects Children

Many people are of the opinion that they can say anything in front of children or to children without any consequences. When it comes to weight, adults may openly criticize a child’s weight, labeling them as lazy or unhappy if they are overweight, or too small and skinny if they are thin. Children are surrounded every day by weight stigma, which can lead to long-term problems. Weight Bias Leads to Eating Disorders and Self Loathing Some people may wonder what is so wrong with weight bias. The answer can be found in the number of children and young adults who…

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