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Are you in the habit of putting yourself down? Maybe you rush to make jokes about your appearance before anyone else can? Sadly, it’s something we see a lot in new Slimming World members – and something that we strive to reverse by surrounding that member with genuine care, support and positivity.“Self-esteem can be greatly affected by our self talk, particularly if we belittle ourselves. This can be made worse by external factors, including social media, images in the media and even friends and family, creating a cycle of self-criticism that can be difficult to break. This is damaging because negative self talk escalates, so saying ‘I hate my legs’ can turn into ‘I hate my body’ and even lead to ‘I don’t like myself’.

When struggling with weight or body image, this cycle of self-criticism can mean we become isolated, and we can lose our self-belief and feeling of self-worth and, instead of seeking weight loss support, we sabotage our own slimming goals because we don’t believe we’re capable of achieving them. Those of us involved in helping people to make changes that they can stick to in the long term know that to break the cycle, inspiration and encouragement, ongoing support and treating people with empathy, kindness and respect is required.
Source:Dr Linda Papadopoulos ( Slimming World Blog)

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