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Body Image & Your Mental Health

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: The Twitter hashtag #theysaid recently went viral with the premise of women sharing hurtful and damaging statements said to them over the years.
Air Date: 6/13/17
Duration: 24:35
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Joyce Knudsen, PhD
Joyce-Knudsen1Dr. Joyce Knudsen is a celebrated distinguished image consultant and Life Coach operating the first and ONLY school for certification in these areas. She believes in scientific assessments that reveal so much about ourselves so that her students can excel far beyond image consultant training.

In addition, Joyce was recognized at a banquet by her peers with the 2001 IMMIE AWARD (Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence) for her work in the Image Industry and honored at a banquet of her peers to receive the highest achievement in image management by AICI in addition, she received honorable accolades from Notre’Dame, DETC (Distance Education Training Council and is accepted by world renowned International Coaching Foundation.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications, Masters of Arts in Business Administration, a comprehensive management training program recognized worldwide and earned a PhD in Human Services, with an emphasis on self-image and psychology from Capella University, accredited by North Central Accrediting Commission.

Joyce takes pride in what she does. Her keen sense of business, strong educational background and support of her husband led her to the development of The ImageMaker, Inc.® in 1985. This company continues to specialize in helping people to understand the importance of a strong and positive self-image, health and communication.

For two years Joyce produced and hosted a weekly television program, geared toward professional image enhancement and self-esteem. She has been featured in local, national and international newspapers, and has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows. Joyce has her own radio show called www.imagemakerincmedia.com, streamed worldwide.

Joyce is a pioneer in her field having developed the first Distance Learning Mentoring Program in the world approved by AICI (The Association of Image Consultants, International) University. To her knowledge, no other trainer has this credential!

Some of her interviews include USA Today, Glamour Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Indianapolis Star, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Tennessean newspapers, Women’s World, Chinese Morning Press and Forbes.

Joyce begins her new radio show as co-host of the Refusing to Quit Podcast with Lisa Davis, MPH.
  • Book Title: Refusing to Quit: True Stories of Women Over 60
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/TheImageMakerInc
  • Guest Twitter Account: @drjoyce_knudsen
Body Image & Your Mental Health

This Twitter hashtag recently went viral with the premise of women sharing hurtful and damaging statements said to them over the years.

"You'd be pretty if you lost weight."
"No one likes fat girls."
"I've seen you put away more pasta than an NFL linebacker."
"I didn't know they made bras that small."
"You should eat a sandwich."

Some individuals can easily shake off such comments, but others can be impacted in a life-long damaging way. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is often a devastating result.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of BDD include: 

  • Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can't be seen or appears minor.
  • Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed.
  • Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you.
  • Engaging in behaviors aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to resist or control, such as frequently checking the mirror, grooming or skin picking.
  • Attempting to hide perceived flaws with styling, makeup or clothes.
  • Constantly comparing your appearance with others.
  • Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others.
  • Having perfectionist tendencies.
  • Seeking frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction.
  • Avoiding social situations.
  • Being so preoccupied with appearance that it causes major distress or problems in your social life, work, school or other areas of functioning.
The disorder can even be as severe as entertaining suicidal thoughts.

Joyce Knudsen, PhD, joins host Lisa Davis to explain what body dysmorphic disorder is, as well as ways to address the disorder and other body image struggles.