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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - Weightloss -

Hav­ing a neg­a­tive body im­age is like hav­ing a critic in your head. The critic is a harsh, deroga­tory nar­ra­tive that makes nasty com­ments about you. For ex­am­ple, “I look dis­gust­ing in this out­fit” or “I can’t be­lieve how fat I am”. The critic makes you feel aw­ful, be­cause you be­lieve it. Be­cause you feel ter­ri­ble about your­self, you look for ways to feel bet­ter. You may eat some­thing, which gives mo­men­tary plea­sure, but min­utes later the critic is back to com­ment on how much of a pig you are for eat­ing. The big key to chang­ing neg­a­tive body im­age is to kill the critic, and learn self-ac­cep­tance. This means ac­cept­ing your­self as you are. Cog­ni­tive tech­niques are very ef­fec­tive in help­ing iden­tify and change crit­i­cal think­ing. It can take time, but it’s worth it!

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