Although a large majority of women are displeased with their bodies, many women and girls experience extreme body image difficulties that can be part of more complicated problems. These extreme body image disturbances include body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders, and severe depression. Since negative body image is a prevalent problem for many women and girls and can also be a component of many serious disorders, it is critical that women learn to change their body image towards a healthy and positive view of self.
At Center for Change we have developed a comprehensive body image therapy group curriculum that is devoted to helping adolescent girls and adult women learn to accept and appreciate their bodies. This group challenges the negative messages regarding women’s bodies that come from the media, peers, or family. They learn skills which help them to stop blaming their bodies and to recognize the beliefs and feelings that lead to negative body-image and eating disorder patterns.