Let's Chat About Body Image

September 24, 2014   26 Comments

I went live yesterday to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Body image is on my mind because our warped view of ourselves contributes to our weight problems.

Healthy Body Image and Healthy Weight

Before I delve into the subject, I want to inform you that I am giving these live chats a try, but I am also starting podcasts. Please let me know in the comment section what medium you prefer (chat with face or podcast).

This is my first one and I already have about 10 ideas about how to make this better - but I welcome more suggestions.

Here I am talking for about 9 minutes (you have to watch a short ad before you get to me - ironically the one they showed me was for sugary breakfast cereal):

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There is a surprise cameo by my dog, Milo about 3/4 way through. Don't miss it!

What I love about body image dilemmas is that they aren't about how many calories you ate today. You can shift how you feel about your body by making some choices in behavior and attitude.

In the video, I suggest a few things to shift your image of yourself (if you dislike your body).

  • Listen when friends, family members, or dogs tell you that you look beautiful.
  • Stop reading magazines or TV shows that enforce the view that only one body type (thin, flat abs) is the best one.
  • Tell friends or family members that undermine your body image to stick it.
  • Take off your clothes, stand in front of a mirror and tell your entire body that you love it (start with your ankles).

Go ahead and watch it and let me know what you think!

How do you deal with your body image issues?

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I look back (as a grown women) at my 20's, with my first husband, I was 125 lbs (5'5") and he used to tell me I was FAT. Here I am in my 50's and 180lbs and think to myself...was he crazy? was I ???? He made me feel soooo bad about myself and I allowed his comments to bring me down to where I ATE to make myself feel better....Now, when i hear a young lady obsessing about herself I want to shake her...why why why do we have to allow this to happen to ourselves???

Great job!

I love the point that: "The more images we see of different bodies, the more we will be happy with our own." Yes, focus on health, but perfectly flat abs may not a reality!

Great chat! Truthfully, I will probably not be able to listen for 10 minutes on a regular basis, but good stuff & great to hear you live!

My only other thought is to smile, stand up straight, project happiness & confidence, & be nice to other people! This will help others see you as beautiful too!

I really like podcasts. I can listen in the car, while I exercise, or while I cook dinner. Also, here is a great Ted talk about how our body language can effect how we feel about ourselves.…

Anyone,man or woman,husband or "friend" should never degrade someone they are suppose to care about in anyway,especially someone's physical appearance. Anyone who resorts to this abuse probably has poor self esteem themselves if they have to put down others to make themselves feel better. While the media still portrays the ideal woman in an almost unattainable light,there has been more exposure & positve attention brought to more shapes & sizes within the past few years but we still have a ways to go with body image. There is nothing wrong with skinny beautiful women but the idea of beauty shouldn't be limited to this. I think it's horrible when men & women alike resort to unhealthy & sometimes dangerous means to attain a certain standard of attractiveness that otherwise isn't attainable.Let's make the most with what we have without beating ourselves or obsessing over it! I have to remind myself of this so that I don't fall back into those times where I hated what I saw in the mirror & did things that weren't exactly healthy.

I loved the video!! Thanks for posting. I think its important to be a healthy weight. It really hit me about the when someone tells you your beautiful and that little voice...says something negative to you. Im really going to try and just say thank you not my normal you need your eyes checked. It is hard to believe looking at magazine that im ok just the way I am but I am. Thank you.

Loved it!! What a great topic, I think every woman, no matter age or size can relate to this subject. Nicely done, can't wait for the next one.

I prefer podcast, I can listen when I can wherever I am.

Thanks! Love your cookbook!

loved your 1st Podcast. My 18 year old daughter - who is a size 2 worries about her weight- Crazy! loved your term Body diversification!

Good job! I think those skinny grouchy Mom's at the pool could benefit from this too. This was a great topic for all women.

I can't see either as my company firewall won't let it in... however, great discussion.

I love to use the example that I weighed 6 lbs at birth and was 35 lbs of bouncing tyke at my first birthday thanks to Mom! She got me all plumped up from the start. As a child I was healthy and very active. However, as I got older like all of us, I played way less, slowed down, sat at a desk for school and then work, ate on the go, etc. all of which contributed to weight gain and body changes. I say we reembrace our youth when we loved life and the world, and didn't care a whit about what others thought of us! :)

I barely look in the mirror. I am the heaviest I have been in my whole life. I have Thyroid problems that do not help the matter. My mom used to mention our weight all the time it seemed like, although she was not thin. I didn't see the podcast due to work but if it helped with self image I need to see it.

Love the video! But even the fashion industry marginalizes us.They don't make clothes bigger than a ten or fourteen because anyone bigger doesn't portray their brand appropriately to fit their vision. And that's kind of sad. I think I'll get out my sewing machine and be my own fashion trendsetter!

Just look at the #1 song in the nation, Meghan Trainor's "All about the bass" - my favorite line is 'every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top'.

Love the video. I really like pod cast I listen to them for my eight hour shift at work. Keep us informed when yours starts. Thank you for all your awsome information!

GREAT! It is amazing how hearing things spoken are so much more effective than just reading on a page. I think you did a great job. It made me think about some things. I look forward to more videos from you!!!

Enjoyed your spree cast! Loved seeing you animated!

There needs to be a happy medium between morbidly obese, which is not good and Tv and movie star bodies.which are unattainable for most women. BMI is a good way to gauge ,I think.obesity is a major medical problem and affects all of our medical insurance as well as mortality rates. Being happy with yourself if you are morbidly obese is a foolish choice.

<blockquote>Take off your clothes, stand in front of a mirror and tell your entire body that you love it (start with your ankles).</blockquote>

I don't lie that well. :-7

Hi Lisa! Enjoyed your topic on Spreecast today. As always great advice. I am a member of Spreecast to view another health professional. She sets a date in advance and notifies us thru Facebook and email. In the meantime we have the opportunity to post questions that we would like to have addressed. She chooses a few to answer on the podcast. Spreecast is a great tool to stay in contact with your peeps and find out what they are dealing with. Look forward to the next one!

I enjoyed your video. I think your message on body image cannot be said enough - we're all different shapes and sizes and there is real beauty in that fact. Keep on preachin' - I'm in your corner :)

Every day hubby tells me I'm beautiful and he loves me several times a day. Believe me, I am about average but isn't he sweet? He is the only man I have ever known that does this. The dog? He could care less until he gets a treat and then I'm betting I look pretty good! : )

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