Body Image & Mental Health - Dr Eva Pila 


Body image concerns fall along a spectrum, from normal discontent to disordered body image, affecting energy, attention, and engagement with life. The normalisation of body dissatisfaction makes it difficult to address as a serious issue, but by unlearning societal messages and cultivating a mindful and connected approach to the body, positive changes can be achieved. Self-compassion practices, including short activities like meditation, have shown to improve how we feel in our bodies. Through this conversation, Shannon and Dr Eva Pila explore various interventions and approaches to improve body image and mental health, aiming for flourishing well-being and understanding the broader context of an individual's relationship with their body and nutrition.

About The Guest

Dr. Eva Pila is an Assistant Professor at Western University in the School of Kinesiology who directs the research team at the Body Image & Health (BIH) Lab. Their research focuses on understanding body image and body (in)equity as it relates to movement, mental health and well-being. A main goal of this research is to develop psychological interventions, currently centered on self-compassion, to promote the health and well-being of individuals in marginalised bodies.

This Episode Is A Must Listen For:

  • Individuals experiencing body dissatisfaction or struggling with body image issues.
  • Nutrition coaches and educators who are interested in practical interventions and approaches that can be used to support individuals with body dissatisfaction.
  • Individuals involved in promoting body positivity and challenging societal norms.
  • People who want practical strategies to develop a relationship with movement and exercise that is more about empowerment than punishment.

Key takeaways:

  • Body dissatisfaction is a public health issue that affects mental health and quality of life.
  • Body image concerns exist along a spectrum and have varying impacts on mental health.
  • Body image is closely linked to mental health, affecting energy, attention, and engagement with life.
  • Cultivating self-compassion is crucial for improving body image and mental health.
  • Recognising and understanding self-conscious emotions related to body image can help promote self-compassion and combat feelings of distress.

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