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The Eating Coach

Feb 28, 2018

It's movie time (again!). I use a film to look at how comparing ourselves to others can worsen not only our body image but binge eating.


*Quote of The Week* from Anais Nin:

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”


Main section: It's Kind of a Funny Story

16 year old Craig believes his life is so bad he is considering suicide. He ends up on a psychiatric ward, where he is released from the comparison trap he had found himself in in his highly pressured college life. In an invaluable lesson in reversing his unhelpful perspective, Craig sees just how lucky he is and what resources he has at his disposal. There are many lessons for us hidden in this movie. Not to mention unpronounceable names...!

In this episode, discover:

*How to swap upward comparison ("I am less fortunate than person X") for downward comparison ("I have so much more than person Y")

*How specifically to use downward comparison to deal with eating and body image issues

*How airbrushed perfectionism is a corrupting force

*The hidden benefit of the comparison trap that will allow you to escape it if you are crafty enough!

*How the idea of a continuum is far more helpful than the fixed position necessary to get yourself in the comparison trap


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