104: What is Body Checking and How Do You Stop It?

This week we’re talking about an incredibly common behaviour that can happen during recovery, which is body checking. In this episode I’m going to explain:

  • What body checking is
  • Sneaky forms of body checking you might not even realise you are doing
  • Why we engage in body checking i.e. what purpose does it serve
  • And finally, 7 effective strategies for how to stop body checking behaviours

Research studies mentioned in this week’s episode:

Tanck JA, Vocks S, Riesselmann B, Waldorf M. Gender Differences in Affective and Evaluative Responses to Experimentally Induced Body Checking of Positively and Negatively Valenced Body Parts. Front Psychol. 2019;10:1058. Published 2019 May 14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01058

Walker DC, White EK, Srinivasan VJ. A meta-analysis of the relationships between body checking, body image avoidance, body image dissatisfaction, mood, and disordered eating. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Aug;51(8):745-770. doi: 10.1002/eat.22867. Epub 2018 Apr 16. PMID: 29659039.

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