Remember back in 2013 when I hosted a "Life With An Eating Disorder Series" and several brave women shared their stories? God is breaking down chains anytime we speak our hurts and hangups out-loud and bring them into the light.
So here is where you come in . . . a survey of sorts, if you're up for the challenge. Please feel free to email me personally with your answers if you are not comfortable sharing in the comment section of this post. This survey should only take a few minutes of your time.
Thank you so much!
BODY IMAGE SURVEY
(All questions can be framed in either past or present struggles.)
1. Have you struggled with feeling insecure about your body?
2. If yes, who or what made you feel that way?
3. Have body anxieties ever impacted your daily life?
4. If yes, please give some examples of how your life has been impacted. (One example could be that your body anxieties prevented you from attending a social event that you really wanted to attend.)
5. How has comparison played a role in how you view your body?
6. Has the expectation of how you think your body should look (vs. the natural body/shape that God actually gave you) played a role in your view of self?
7. If yes, please expand on how your expectations have played a role.
8. Has your body insecurities lead you to control your food intake in an unhealthy way?
9. If yes, please give some examples of how this control plays out in your diet. (Some examples could be "I measure everything I eat according to serving size before eating." Or "I don't allow myself to eat between meals even if hungry.)
10. Would you rather be slightly bigger than you are but be healthy, or slightly smaller than you are but not as healthy?
11. What positive coping skills have you learned, if any, to help combat these insecurities, comparison, and/or control as it relates to body image and food intake?
12. Things that make me feel better about my body are _________ (fill in the blank).
13. If you could give one tip to another woman for increasing her body image confidence and embracing the true beauty in who God created her to be, what would it be?
(Some questions were taken/adapted from this survey.)