Monthly Support Group 3/29/2022


Imposter syndrome

Body image & dysmorphia

  • How we feel on the inside about how we look on the outside
    • Ie: acne, scarring, baldness, missing teeth, braces, patients with mastectomies, cardiac patients with implantable devices
  • People on the higher end of BMI and people who are underweight tend to have higher dissatisfaction scores (on the spectrum)
  • Higher dissatisfaction in Caucasian population
  • Gymnasts, swimmers have higher body image disturbance

Body dysmorphia

  • Frequent body checking
  • Constant assurance from others with their appearance
  • Avoidance of being in public because of judgment
  • Affects thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

Disqualifying the positive:

  • Take out the words “just” or “only” when saying something positive

Non-scale victories

  • Gain functionality: going up the stairs
  • Chasing my kid around without pain
  • Crossing legs
  • Driving comfortably with more space in the seat
  • Flying without a seatbelt extender
  • Using the drawstring on shorts to keep them up
  • Wearing a smaller sized jumpsuit

B-Student Mentality

  • Encouraging regular follow-up with providers
  • Patients who attend 5+ support groups in a year, tend to do better with their health goals


Gail, Alicia, Nicole, and Bob



Website Resources




Body Dysmorphia PDF

  • Great activities to do

Positive Self-Talk Exercise

  • 5 Positive Statements About My Body
  • 5 Positive Statements About Me (Not Related to My Appearance)

Have A Follow-Up Question?

Dr. Nini Peterson

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Email: [email protected]

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