Wearing shorts, tank tops, bathing suits, etc. in the summer can trigger a lot of anxiety for both men and women. There are so many things to enjoy about summer, including the beach, cookouts, outside dining and drinks, outdoor activities such as hiking, the warm air, and just being able to catch some vitamin D from the sun. However, if you struggle with an eating disorder or body image, summer may not feel so enjoyable right now.
Utilizing the proper support and resources can help manage the anxiety related to body image during the summer. Not only is it important to address the body image as soon as possible, but the summer is also one of the most vulnerable times dealing with body image. Improving body image now can actually benefit you more than addressing body image concerns during the winter.
Roughly 53% of American girls have reported that they are “unhappy with their bodies”, which grows to about 78% by the time the girls reach their teens. One study reports that 50% of teens are “self-conscious” about their bodies.
Comparing one’s body to another can also increase risk of disordered eating or worsen body image. Two studies found that 70% of college women reported feeling worse about their own looks after reading women’s magazines.
Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. There is no such thing as a “perfect bikini body”. Anyone can wear a bikini! To improve body image and your relationship with food, schedule an appointment with one of our Licensed Therapists and Registered Dietitians to help receive the support you need.
Practicing these positive behaviors and developing good habits that relate to your body image can also help:
- Engage in positive self talk
- Engage in positive body talk
- Appreciate what you are able to do with your body
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Unfollow any triggering social media accounts
- Accept that everyone’s body is different
- Write down your values and focus on what is really important to you
- Enjoy doing your favorite things during the summer as these are moments you won’t be able to get back
Improve Your Body Image
It’s best to seek the support you need to improve your body image if it’s something you struggle with. The summer months can be difficult for those who have trouble comparing themselves to others. Nutritional Therapists and Dietitians at Behavioral Nutrition can help you practice good behaviors so you can eat healthy and feel good about yourself. Get in touch to learn more about our Nutritional Counseling services.