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Raising a Child With a Healthy Body Image

by Janet Goldstein-Ball, LMFT

During an eating disorder assessment the clinician usually asks the patient several questions regarding their feelings about their bodies. What do they think is their ideal weight? Does their feelings about their bodies prevent them from participating in any life activities? Are there any body parts they especially obsess about and dislike? At what age did they start having negative feelings about their body? A common answer to this last question goes something like this: