Navigating Body Image: Understanding the Connection to Eating Behaviors

Jeremy Colon
3 min readDec 19, 2023
You never know what someone is really going through within, especially the narratives they tell themselves // Photo Credit: Free Pik.

Let’s dive into something that’s pretty relatable — body image. It’s like that friend who sometimes talks too loudly and can be hard to ignore. You know what I mean?

So, here’s the thing: feeling dissatisfied with our bodies? That’s actually more common than feeling content. Scientists at Kenyon College shine a light on the culprit — those sneaky internalized beauty standards.

What’s the Buzz About Body Image?

We all have this picture-perfect idea of what an “attractive” body should look like, right? Slim for women, muscular for men — that’s the usual drill. But here’s the hitch: we often struggle to imagine ourselves fitting into those ideals, no matter how we look.

And guess what? That whole struggle? Classic body image issues are at play.

Let’s Talk About a Study

A fresh study in Appetite dove into the nitty-gritty of body image and eating behaviors. The researchers wanted to know what exactly drives people towards developing eating disorders due to body image concerns.

Study Lowdown

They looked at behaviors and thoughts tied to body image concerns, from the usual suspects like body checking and avoidance to worrying about negative judgments on body appearance.

The big reveal? They linked different body image profiles to disordered eating behaviors like food restriction, bingeing, and food preoccupation.

Study Findings

Women often bear the brunt of negative body image, thanks to societal norms and media portrayals. Men, on the other hand, were more likely to have a positive body image.

Surprisingly, even some with a positive body image still engaged in behaviors like body checking. Why? To ensure their body aligns with their positive self-image. It’s a paradox.

Here’s a curveball: People with higher BMIs weren’t necessarily more prone to negative body image. Unexpected, right? But hey, it’s all about what’s happening inside.

Coaching Nuggets

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Jeremy Colon

Body Transformation Coach | Building a Better & Stronger Mind, Body, and Soul | CEO & Founder, Master Personal Trainer & Life Coach - Jeremy Colon Enterprises