How Body Shaming in Media Affects Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Handle It

How Body Shaming in Media Affects Eating Disorder Recovery and How to Handle It

Feel badly about your body? Having a hard time dealing with media’s images of how bodies SHOULD look? Are you just OVER watching movies or Netflix or other TV shows that have NO body diversity? Sick of social media promoting a certain kind of body type and disguising it as “health” or “wellness”? It can feel as though we are bombarded with images on or phones, on TVs, on computers, and on movie screens that send us the message that we need to look a certain way. In San Diego, messages about having a “bikini body” or a “beach-ready” body assault us on a daily basis. Both in San Diego and other places, summer can especially be difficult. All the media show people in fewer clothes, so you may feel even more conscious about how your body looks. In this post, I’m going to identify three ways the media portrays bodies and how it influences eating disorder recovery. PLUS, I’m going to share what you can do about it.

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How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

Struggling with binge eating? Feeling out of control of your eating and don’t know where to turn? I have an excellent starting point for you. I discussed what binge eating disorder is and how to get help on a recent podcast on the Embodied & Well Mom Show that I did on with the fabulous Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD of San Diego’s Nutrition Instincts. I have provided a transcription of the main part of the podcast in this blog post. Enjoy!!

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Sick of Body Shame and Diet Culture? Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, CEDRD

Sick of Body Shame and Diet Culture? Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, CEDRD

Struggling with accepting your body size? You want to be healthy, but you’ve tried so many diets over and over and nothing works. You’re sick of the assumptions people make about you because you don’t fit the “norm” of what bodies should look like. Plus, you are just OVER what friends, family, co-workers, and even medical professionals say about your body and what you should and shouldn’t eat. It’s so challenging to navigate the messages we receive about our bodies and the food we eat. Especially in San Diego, where there’s such a focus on health, wellness, and appearance that it sometimes feels impossible to take a different perspective. Well, I have a WONDERFUL resource in San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). She wholeheartedly embraces the Health at Every Size (HAES) and intuitive eating approaches, and she loves working with people struggling with body shame and fighting diet culture that’s so pervasive in San Diego and elsewhere. Enjoy getting to know her!

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Let's Talk About Sex and Body Image! Meet Sex Therapist Dr. Nicole Van Ness, LMFT

Let's Talk About Sex and Body Image! Meet Sex Therapist Dr. Nicole Van Ness, LMFT

Have you been struggling with your body image so much that it has been affecting your sex life? Is your partner complaining that you don’t want to have sex that frequently, and you feel hesitant to share that it’s because you feel uncomfortable in your own skin? Whether you live in San Diego or elsewhere, you likely know that having a regular and fulfilling sex life is important for intimate relationships. The reality is that A LOT of people struggle with sexual intimacy, and when you have an eating disorder and feel negatively about your body, it becomes a drain on your life and relationships.

Needing answers? I have brought top expert, as well as friend and former top doctoral student of mine, Dr. Nicole Van Ness. Nicole went to school and learned her trade as a sex therapist in San Diego, and in recent years she has moved to Texas, where she has a private practice and is adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University. Nicole has maintained her California license as a marriage and family therapist, and she provides videoconference services for individuals and couples in San Diego and other parts of California.

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Moms Struggling with Food and Body Image: Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian, Crystal Karges, RDN

Moms Struggling with Food and Body Image: Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian, Crystal Karges, RDN

Hi everyone! Are you a mom who feels exhausted with dealing with food issues and can’t stop thinking negatively about your body? Has it been a struggle to raise kids who are healthy eaters while you are struggling yourself with food? It’s such a tough balance to be a mom, especially in San Diego when there’s such a pressure to raise healthy kids and be healthy yourself! I think it’ll be so helpful for you to get to know Crystal Karges, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and North County San Diego mom of five. Crystal has a master’s degree in nutritional science, and she specializes in helping mothers nurture a positive relationship with food and with their bodies. She also helps San Diego moms learn how to manage their children’s eating challenges. I think you’ll find my interview with Crystal gives you hope, especially as she shares her own journey of eating disorder recovery.

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Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Therapist Edie Stark, LCSW

Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Therapist Edie Stark, LCSW

Hi everyone! Have you ever felt like you are suffering alone in your eating disorder in San Diego, and you don’t know where to turn? One great resource is private practice eating disorder therapist Edie Stark, LCSW (Licensed Social Worker). Her office is in Bankers Hill, which is in central San Diego. Edie is an amazing, authentic, experienced eating disorder therapist—plus she’s also a good friend of mine, and I want you all to get to know how smart and wonderful she is! Given her central location, she works with a lot of college students who attend universities like San Diego State (SDSU), University of San Diego (USD), and Point Loma Nazarene University. She even works with students from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). PLUS, she’s originally from New York and is a LCSW in that state, so she can provide virtual therapy (a.k.a. Telehealth) in the entire states of California and New York. All in all, an excellent eating disorder resource in San Diego and elsewhere!

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Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve interviewed the very knowledgeable Lindsay Stenovec about her San Diego eating disorder practice. I absolutely love her passion about helping people heal from eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which means that she has has tons of hours and extensive experience and training in eating disorders. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and definitely embraces the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective. She used to work with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Center, and she has since gone into private practice and is the head of Nutrition Instincts, a group of dietitians providing in-person and virtual nutrition counseling for people who want to find peace with food. She has a sub-speciality working with mothers. PLUS, she is the host of an excellent podcast called the Embodied and Well Mom Show, which addresses a lot of eating disorder and body image issues. All in all, a very accomplished woman!

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Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I want you all to meet my friend and colleague Diana Wright, who is a registered dietitian in private practice in San Marcos, North San Diego County. She is incredibly gifted and very experienced with eating disorders. Diana hails from New York City, where she worked with famous eating disorder dietitian Melanie Rogers at Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center. She and I have collaborated on numerous cases, and my clients love working with her. Diana is compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. She is also direct when she needs to be. Diana is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which is a highly coveted certification gained through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Foundation. She works from a HAES® (Health at Every Size) approach, and she is very passionate about helping her clients!

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Introducing San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD

Introducing San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD

Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce eating disorder dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD, who does amazing work both in North County San Diego in San Marcos, and also virtually over the phone or via videoconferencing. I’ve collaborated with her on a few cases, and I have really appreciated her vast knowledge about all types of eating disorders, as well as her passion in working with those with ALL body types. She definitely embraces the HAES™ approach. I also love love love that she comes from a feminist perspective as she strives to empower all people who are struggling with oppression from being told that you have to have a certain body type to be okay.

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Diving Deeper into Spiritual Healing: Part 4 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Diving Deeper into Spiritual Healing:  Part 4 of Finding the Spiritual in Eating Disorder Treatment—A 5-Part Series

Sometimes when you feel overwhelmed by your spiritual pain, you can think that there is no hope.  It is at these times when you need to dive deep into your pain to let yourself experience spiritual healing.  If you struggle with disordered eating, you know how painful it can be . . . emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually.  Becoming acutely aware of all aspects of your pain as you go about your daily life in San Diego lets you open yourself to healing. It’s like when you have an infection in your arm—you need to open it up and clean out all of the gunk and then put the medicine on it so it can heal.  Spirituality can be your medicine—the balm for your soul.

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