• Programs for Eating Disorders

    Love Your Body


    St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute partners with universities and colleges in the region to help students celebrate their bodies and improve body image through creating Love Your Body week-long activities or taking part in Love Your Body Day (October 18).


    Together, let’s create a social movement in which body acceptance grows and we focus on appreciating what our bodies do for us rather than what is wrong with them.


    Campuses create their own activities to promote these ideas such as:

    – yoga classes

    – film screenings

    – pledges to stop negative body comments

    – body pampering through chair massage, manicures, etc.

    -panel discussions

    – scale smashing

    – social media campaigns

    – charity clothing drives of items that no longer fit

    – art exhibits

    – poetry slams

    – Post-It walls of body appreciation


    Above Photo: University of Missouri – St. Louis 2015

     We also work with area high schools to create Body Empowerment Clubs and loan out the “Scales are For Fish” exhibition:


     Contact us to have “Scales Are For Fish,” a traveling art exhibit, which looks at the emotional and psychological role the scale plays in everyday life visit your local school or university.

    As part of the activities, students and the public are asked to create works of art for this ongoing traveling display.  If you would like to create your own scale for the exhibit (or free yourself from your scale and donate it to the project), contact Cathy Lander-Goldberg, LCSW, in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute at (636)532-9188 or by e-mail at 

    [email protected].


    Resources Addressing Body Image:


    • Embrace

    • America the Beautiful

    • Beyond the Looking Glass: Self-Esteem and Body Image

    • Dying to Be Thin

    • Killing Us Softly Series (Jean Kilbourne)

    • Miss Representation (documentary on media messages by Jennifer Siebel Newsom)

    • Real Women Have Curves

    • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    • Slim Hopes


    Articles & Books on Body Image  

    • Eating by the Light of the Moon (Chapter 13) by Anita Johnston

    • Wake Up, I’m Fat by Camryn Manheim

    • EMBODY: Learning to Love your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), Connie Sobczak

    • Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time, Caitlin Boyle

    • Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness to Physical Self by Jan Phillips

    • 200 Ways to Love the Body You Have by Marcia Germaine Hutchinson

    • Body Betrayed, Kathryn Zerbe

    • The Body Image Workbook, by Thomas Cash

    • Body Image International Journal scholarly journal published by Elsevier

    • The Body Myth, Margo Maine Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty & Body Image, Ophira Edut

    • The Body Project, Joan Jacobs Brumberg

    • Body Wars, Margo Maine

    • Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun by K. Wind Hughes & Linda Wolf

    • Feeling Good About the Way You Look: a Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems by Sabine Wilhelm

    • The Good Body, Eve Ensler

    • Life Doesn’t Begin 5 pounds from Now, Jessica Weiner

    • Love Your Body, Tami Brannon-Quan, Lisa Licavoli

    • Self-Esteem Comes in all Sizes, Carol A. Johnson

    • When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, Jane Hirshman, Carol Munter

    • For additional books on body image and eating disorders, visit Gurze books at  http://www.gurzebooks.com/

    Articles & Books on Body Image for Parents

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