Eating Disorders Assessment

10 "Will-Powers" for improving body image

by Michael Levine

  1. Twice a day, everyday, I WILL ask myself : "Am I benefiting from focusing on what I believe are the flaws in my body weight or shape?"
  2. I WILL think of 3 reasons why it is ridiculous for me to think that thinner people are happier or better. I WILL repeat these reasons to myself whenever I feel the urge to compare my body shape to someone else’s.
  3. I WILL spend less and less time in front of mirrors—all I do is make myself feel uncomfortable and self-conscious as I focus on each body part.
  4. I WILL exercise for the joy of feeling my body move and grow stronger. I WILL not exercise simply to lose weight, purge fat from my body, or to "make up" for calories I have eaten.
  5. I WILL participate in activities I enjoy, even if they call attention to my weight and shape. I WILL constantly remind myself that I deserve to do things I enjoy, like dancing, swimming, etc., no matter what my shape or size.
  6. I WILL refuse to wear clothes that are uncomfortable or that I do not like but wear simply because they divert attention from my weight and size. I WILL wear clothes that are comfortable and that make me feel comfortable in my body.
  7. I WILL list 5-10 good qualities that I have, such as understanding, intelligence, or creativity. I WILL repeat these to myself whenever I start to feel bad about my body.
  8. I WILL practice taking people seriously for what they say, feel, and do, not for how slender, or "well put together" they appear.
  9. I WILL surround myself with people and things that make me feel good about my abilities and myself. When I am around people and things that support me and make me feel good, I will be less likely to base my self-esteem on the way my body looks.
  10. I WILL treat my body with repeat and kindness. I WILL feed it, keep it alive, and listen to its needs. I WILL remember that my body is a vehicle and that it will carry me to my dreams.