Eating Disorders & Body Image
Welcome to the Women's Center Online Resource Guide!
Student Health Services:
Information: 831 459-2211
Clinic appointments: 831 459-2500
A clinical team, including physician, nutritionist, and clinical psychologist can work with a student's primary care provider to develop healthy food and weight goals. A comprehensive health history is taken and an agreement/contract is formed regarding behaviors.
Counseling and Psychological Services:
Support groups and individual appointments are available (students should mention if situation is urgent).
Counseling services focusing on food, weight, and body image issues. Individual, family, and group counseling.
Dani Beckerman, Ph.D.
1406 Mission Street Santa Cruz, CA
Lydia Hanich, LMFT
108 Locust Street, Suite 15
Santa Cruz, CA
Nita Eder-Stevens, LMFCC
740 Front Street, Suite 320
Santa Cruz, CA
Andrea (LoBue) Wachter, MFT
Inner Solutions 831 476-7500
5905 Soquel Dr., Suite 650
Tamara Tucker, MFT
415 377-2345 (cell)
765 Cedar Street, Suite 202
Santa Cruz, CA
Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture
Web site listing national and Northern California resources on anorexia, bulimia, and eating disorders.
San Francisco based group combating negative and distorted images of women and promoting alternatives through education, action, and humor.
20 Ways to Love Your Body
1. Your body is extraordinary, so respect and appreciate it.
2. Create a list of all your body can do. Add to it often.
3. Remember your body is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
4. Create a list of people you admire. Consider whether their appearance is important to their success and accomplishments.
5. Walk with your head held high. Have pride & confidence in your person.
6. Don't let your weight or shape keep you from activities you enjoy.
7. Wear comfortable clothes you like that feel good to your body.
8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
9. Think of all the things you could accomplish with the time & energy you spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!
10. Be your body's friend and supporter, not its enemy.
11. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks and your skeleton every three months.
12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.
14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Don't exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.
15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body. Tell yourself you can feel like that again, even in this body at this age.
16. List 10 positive things about yourself without mentioning your appearance. Add to the list.
17. Put a sign on your mirror saying, "I'm beautiful inside and out."
18. Choose to find beauty in the world and in yourself.
19. Start saying, "Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way."
20. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people who remind you of your inner strength & beauty.
Adapted from: National Eating Disorders Assn. Compiled by Margo Maine, Ph.D.