Addressing disordered eating can really shake up our understanding of ourselves and the social factors that impact our body image and health behaviors. In order to make lasting changes (and peace!) with our bodies, we need to confront the systems that perpetuate our sense of dissatisfaction with our bodies – patriarchy, racism, able-ism.
Approaches that can help include learning more about how biases and inequity have shaped our beliefs about beauty, ability, and worth, along with learning self-compassion practices. While many folx try to swing hard toward body positivity after realizing they were trapped in diet culture, it’s often more attainable to learn how to respect and show kindness to our bodies.
You can make the following changes today:
- Do a social media cleanse – unfollow accounts that emphasize weight loss, equate thinness with wellness, and/or generally just make you feel bad about your body.
- Mindful eating – Take some time to eat without engaging in other activities. Notice the thoughts, feelings, and judgments that show up.
- Ask your body what it needs from time to time.