#17: Why is the thin ideal toxic?
In this episode we discuss…
how dr. stice became interested in studying eating disorder risk factors and prevention
the definition of the thin ideal and current appearance ideals for women
the dual pathway model of risk factors for eating disorders - starting with cultural pressure to be thin and pursuit of the thin ideal
how internalization of the thin ideal leads to body dissatisfaction, dietary restriction, binge eating, and negative mood - risk factors for the onset of eating disorders
how the Body project targets an early risk factor by allowing young women to talk themselves out of pursuing unrealistic beauty ideals
the definition of cognitive dissonance and its role in the body project
research supporting the effectiveness of the body project at preventing onset of eating disorders
research on effectiveness of the body project with boys and men
dr. stice’s suggestions for adapting the lessons of the body project to parenting
the benefits of socratic questioning and helping your kids talk themselves out of risky behaviors
how to access the body project materials
dr. stice’s answer to the million dollar question
Research scientist Dr. Eric Stice introduces us to his findings on eating disorder risk factors, including the role of the “thin ideal.” We also discuss the Body Project, an intervention that successfully reduces risk for onset of eating disorders and has been implemented worldwide. To conclude, Dr. Stice helps us explore how parents can fight the thin ideal and apply lessons from the Body Project in their own families.