No more diets and deprivation. Eat the foods you love and have a great body image.
Rethink your body
To get the freedom to live the life you want
Selfies
Posted on January 15th, 2014

 As you will probably be aware ‘Selfie’ was the named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013 and is becoming an official word in itself. Usage of the word has increased by 17,000% since this time last year influenced particularly by celebrities giving us a running photo commentary of the minutiae of their life. Even politicians are joining in to demonstrate their ‘cool’ and apparently even farmers now do Selfies! Who next?
 
Is there a problem with Selfies? For many people I think, no, although I wonder if this over-posting does have a narcissistic feel to it all. Why feel the need to have that constant external evaluation or voyeurism of your life by others?
 
The journalist Nell Frizzel (Grazia this week) admits to posting hundreds of Selfies on social networking sites. She talks about her own body insecurities and admits honestly that this constant posting is an attempt to feel better and get reassurance about her body. Alas, it doesn’t work. She cannot trust her picture. She has to post again and again to seek further reassurance.
 
It seems that in some instances Selfies are fuelling body image obsession with people now posting Welfies – work-out Selfie; Belfie (picture of one’s posterior!). There is also now a fixation with posting about particular body parts - ‘the bikini bridge’ or six packs, as inspiration for the ‘ideal body.’
 
Alarm bells! Regular viewing of these images does not build self-esteem. It’s not just Selfies; it can be any kind of thinspiration social media; celebrity magazines; diet magazines etc. These alone do not cause a problem with eating and body image, however, they certainly add fuel to the fire and your world view will be distorted through regular viewing. What you focus on will influence your thoughts and then your actions. You have a choice.
 
If this article reasonates with you, have a think about how you are spending your time and money. I would encourage you to direct this towards books, materials and web information that will boost self-esteem and confidence!
 



Posted in Body image    Tagged with no tags


0 Comments

Leave a Comment


Tags
10 lessons 10 tips 10 ways therapy can help 10 ways 12 days of christmas 20 ways to stop bingeing now 3 steps 5 things to learn 5 ways to silence inner critic 5 ways Bingeing Control ELLEUK ELLE Eating Disorder Eating problem Inside Out Louise Chunn Managing emotions New Year Perfectionism Sleep Welldoing.org action all or nothing anorexia nervosa anorexia anxiety eating anxiety assertiveness assertive beach body beautiful people behaviours being authentic bikini body plan bikini body binge eating disorder binge eating bingeeating bite by bite body dysmorphia body image workbook body image buimia bulimia nervosa bulimia cake caring what others think cbt challenging negative thoughts change children christmas clean eating cognitive behaviour therapy comfort eating comparing self to others comparions comparisons compulsive eating confidence conflict about body size connection contribution counselling criticism deception developing awareness developing healthy relationship with food dieting disordered eating early experiences eating disorders eating when hungry eatingdisorder eating embracing change emotional eating emotions envy evening eating expectations feelings food obsession food friendship fulfilment fun geneen roth giving up dieting giving guilt habit happiness healthy eating healthy food healthy weight helpful help how counselling can change your life hunger identity inferior insulin iphone janet treasure jealousy joy judgement kind to body letting go lies listen to body loneliness lose weight love body male body image media meeting your needs men and eating disorders mental health mind body connection mindful eating mindfulness mirror motivation ninja warrior not dieting obesity obsession with food obsession on eating orthorexia over-eating overcoming fear overeating parenting people pleasing pixar film pleasure positive problem reading about eating disorders reading recovery relapse relationships resolutions restriction rest role model root of problem rules about eating rules around eating sabotage saying no secret eating self awareness self conscious self esteem self-acceptance self-awareness self-awarness self-care self-compassion self-confidence self-criticism self-esteem self-help book self-help self-kindness self-love self-worth selfcare shoulds social anxiety social eating social media stop bingeing stop dieting stress success summer support susie orbach tablet television therapy thinking about food thinking styles thinking thinner self thin thoughts about food thoughts to my client who is struggling ulrike schmidt undereating unkind to self values value weight conflict weight loss weight wellbeing when food is love when therapy is hard work
No more diets and deprivation. Enjoy food whilst looking good and feeling great about your body shape.