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Embodied State of Mind: Your Body Image Specialist

What is Body Image and Why is it So Important?

Body image is about physical appearance but it is also about the way we feel about our body in a more general sense. It’s about the way we relate to ourselves and it is vital to the way we experience our lives. In a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance, there is something fundamentally wrong and harmful about the way most people view their body. Too many accept body image dissatisfaction as a normal part of their life.

Body image dissatisfaction has reached global epidemic proportions.  It is a complex problem with serious consequences.

  • It is estimated that 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies1.
  • To address this problem, many resort to dieting. In fact, 50% of women are on a diet at any one time2.
  • It is estimated that in an attempt to reach body ideals, 75 million Americans actively try to lose weight each year and spend $60,000,000,000 to do so3.
  • Considering that 68% of American adults are either overweight or obese4, such dieting effort appear to be in vain.
  • It is important to note that this dieting obsession is, at least in part, responsible for the high prevalence of eating disorders. It is estimated that in the U.S., 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder, with one person dying every 62 minutes as a direct result of this disorder5.
  • Over time, surveys have reported that 24% of women would trade three years of their life and 15% would trade five or more years of their life if they could be their ideal weight6. This demonstrates what a drastic effect body image and weight can have on a person.
  • Body image dissatisfaction also leads many women to turn to cosmetic procedures. Reports suggest that over 15 million non-essential surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures are performed each year7. Unfortunately, not all are satisfied with the results of such procedure, leading to further psychological problems.

It is clear that people who are dissatisfied with their body can experience a great deal of distress, which affects their day-to-day life in many ways. As demonstrated by the alarming statistics concerning dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery noted above, people who are dissatisfied with their body engage in many strategies that are unhealthy and extreme, at the expense of their physical health, but effects are also psychological. Problems such as low self-esteem, depression, social anxiety, and difficulties with intimate relationships are just a few of the potential effects negative body image can have.

For example, recent polls suggest that:

  • 9 in 10 women opt out of important personal and professional life events because they don’t feel good about their body8;
  • 33% of women would rather go to the dentist than wear a bikini9;
  • 1 in 6 women don’t feel comfortable getting naked in front of their partners10; and,
  • 21% of women going as far as to say they ‘never’ look at themselves naked10.

Such findings are particularly disturbing when we know that a positive body image is attainable.

The Solution

Now is the perfect time to challenge fundamentally wrong and harmful perspectives and revolutionize the way you feel about your body! Based on the Integrative Model of Body Image Development (IMBID), our scientific, evidence based approach, can guide you towards attaining a positive body image. We know a positive body image is attainable and incredibly rewarding. By feeling good about your body, you will feel good about yourself and lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.

What our clients say…

After years of feeling bad about my body I finally decided to do something about it. I came across Embodied State of Mind and liked it so I booked in for a free consultation with Dr. Baker. I am so glad I did! Its literally changed my life. (Rachel, 33, New York)

Talking to someone that understood my body concerns was so reassuring. Dr Baker made me feel at ease from the beginning. Going through her program I learned so much about my body but also about myself. For the first time I feel beautiful. I highly recommend Dr Baker’s services. (Alex, 26, New York)

I work in an industry where physical appearance is very important so getting older in that environment is not desirable. I can’t change that, but working with Dr Baker I was able to change how I view myself and that’s made a big difference. (Caroline, 52, New York)

I’ve been struggling with my weight all my life. I’ve been on so many diets, always hated my body. It’s hard when you see all these beautiful women on TV and you just want to look like them. After going to a mindset workshop I decided to book a free consultation with Dr Baker to see what she could do for me. Because weight was my main problem that’s what we focused on. It was challenging at times but it was all worth it. I’ve changed my ways since and no more diet! I don’t like my body everyday but I don’t hate it anymore. (Maya, 31, Newark)