Talking to Ourselves: How Self-Talk Affects Body Image

Oct 28, 2014

When you stand in front of the mirror and look at your image can you see yourself as you really are?

Some of us can, but for many us, of all genders and ages, struggle to see ourselves accurately and love what we see. Taylor Locker, counseling psychologist at Iowa State University, says this issue affects both men and women and starts at a young age.

"Children as young as first grade or kindergarten want to be on diets, want to be thinner, or believe that they are too heavy or too fat. [...] At least by first grade, children are starting to notice their body size."

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Locker about body perceptions, self-talk and the effect parents have on their children's body image. Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, also joins the conversation.