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Negative body image is a challenge which plagues young people of all genders. At ViewPoint Center, many of our students struggle with body image issues. Body image issues should be taken very seriously because they can lead to serious eating and exercise disorders.
Factors that affect body image
Body image is influenced by a variety of factors. Often from a young age, adolescents receive both positive and negative messages about their bodies from family and friends. Those mixed messages can also come from media such as television, magazine, movies, advertisements, and social media. Celebrities and models who look a certain way within the media affect the way both boys and girls believe they should look.
Another factor which influences body image is an individual’s emotional state. When school, friends, and family become too stressful, this can influence negative thoughts about one’s body.
How ViewPoint Center Helps
The ViewPoint Center aims to help adolescents feel comfortable in their own skin and emphasize to students that body image is not about the way one looks, but how you feel about the way you look. Adolescents should feel like they have a person they can trust, whether that be staff members, family members, or peers.
Throughout the program, students are encouraged to talk about their negative feelings and beliefs towards their body. By having an open discussion with therapeutic staff at ViewPoint Center, students create new ways of thinking about their bodies and their self worth.
Staff believe it is very important to help adolescents begin to think positively about their body and focus on the wonderful things their bodies do for them.
About ViewPoint CenterViewPoint Center is located in Syracuse, UT and offers a diagnostic and assessment setting for clinically complex clients between the ages 12 - 17.5. The multi-disciplinary process involves psychiatry, therapy, medical stabilization, strong milieu, academics and psychological testing to create a comprehensive assessment. Clients receive 30 hours of weekly therapeutic programming including psychiatric care, individual, group, music recreation and family therapy and 24-hour nursing support.