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Body Obsession

Certain behaviors & particular beliefs negatively reinforce a poor body image.

Individuals suffering from eating disorders like Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating frequently have negative feelings about their body and are overly concerned about their body size and weight. They may participate in certain behaviors and hold particular beliefs that negatively reinforce a poor body image. Here's a list of some signs that you might be affected by a negative body image. If you are experiencing three or more of the following signs, you could be at risk of having your life controlled by body image issues.

Do you feel that you are at risk for eating disorders like bulimia, compulsive overeating disorder or anorexia nervosa?




  • Thoughts about "feeling fat".
  • Feeling shameful and guilty about your body.
  • Having clothes that do not fit to entice yourself to lose weight.
  • Touching underneath the chin to check for a "double chin."
  • Feeling you can not give a speech or make a presentation based on the way you look.
  • Avoidance of social situations that puts emphasis on physical appearance.
  • Looking at others to see how your own body size compares to others.
  • Preferring to only wear baggy clothes.
  • Pinching of cheeks to measure fatness.
  • Difficulty undressing in front of spouse or other loved ones.
  • Comparing own body to people on television, movies and magazines.
  • Weight determines how good you feel about yourself.
  • What you weigh affects your relationships.
  • Pinching body parts to measure fatness.
  • Checking your reflection in glass windows to see how your body looks.
  • Having special clothes used to make sure your body is certain size.
  • Missing school based on the feeling that you have gained weight.
  • Checking the diameter of the wrist for size maintenance.
  • Asking others about weight to compare your own weight to others.
  • Asking others about clothing size to compare your own clothing size to others.
  • Attempting to elicit comments from others about how fat you are.
  • Embarrassment about body weight.
  • Checking to see if you can feel your bones.
  • Weighing yourself multiple times.
  • Fear of weighing oneself.
  • Checking to see how close thighs are together when standing up.
  • Checking for cellulite in thighs.
  • Sucking in your stomach in front of a mirror to see what it looks like.
  • Checking to see if body parts jiggle.
  • Checking to see if rings still fit as in the past.
  • Checking to make sure same belt hole is used as in the past.
  • Making negative comments about your body to others.
  • Difficulty taking compliments from others about the way you look.

If you take the first step to help yourself or someone you love, we'll be there to do the rest. To contact our Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, or Anorexia treatment program specialist, please call our Oxnard facility at (800) 841-1515.