Unhealthy Behaviors

Written by Dr. RJ

  |  Reviewed by Jen Bell

Sometimes people participate in unhealthy behaviors in an attempt to change their body image. This can include using chemicals, disordered eating, diets, and surgery.

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa are associated with a distorted sense of body image that has a negative impact on your health, feelings, and capacity to perform in critical aspects of life. To learn more about Eating Disorders Click Here

Typically, eating disorders are associated with an excessive emphasis on weight, body shape, and food, which results in dangerous eating habits. Eating disorders may lead to severe malnourishment and can even be life-threatening. Every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result of an eating disorder (Source: Eating Disorder Statistics. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders).

One of the main reasons that people seek cosmetic surgery is to improve their self-esteem and psychosocial functioning (von Soest et al., 2009). We would expect when someone undergoes cosmetic surgery with a successful outcome, this would increase their self-esteem and mental wellness, but unfortunately this is not always the case. One’s negative perception of themselves can be distorted and remain deeply rooted beyond simply changing one’s physical appearance.

To learn more about Eating Disorders, check out BLOOM’s Eating Disorders section of the hub.

Remember, there are many ways to counter the external challenges you will face in your journey to develop a healthy body image and self-esteem. Since Day 1, you’ve had everything you need within yourself – don’t let the world convince you that you do not. Know that YOU are inherently worthy and have the power to love yourself in the way you desire by making small choices and commitments to yourself everyday. Remind yourself of this truth daily. With practice it will get easier and you will likely start to notice a difference in the way you feel.