I grew up in the 90s, a time when picking apart other people’s bodies, and your own wasn’t frowned upon like it is in today’s body-positive world. In fact, it was just part of the culture. Thinking back to the covers of magazines and the videos on MTV, they thrived on tearing down celebrity beach shots, red carpet looks, and music videos. It was just expected.
I have early memories of when I discovered my body wasn’t just a vessel for moving through life. Every young person has this experience — and it’s what we hear during these early moments that determine our relationship to our bodies for the better parts of our lives.
I sat down with Kaitlin Stephens, a clinical counsellor with her own difficult experience with disordered eating to explore this topic from a new lens. As a dance teacher working with young girls, this one really hit home.
- How body dysmorphia manifests
- How to support someone struggling with body dysmorphia
- What language to use to avoid deepening the cultural problem
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