BariAftercare: The Podcast

Episode 115: Self-esteem, Identity, and Behavior

March 28, 2023 Connie Stapleton, Ph.D. Episode 115
BariAftercare: The Podcast
Episode 115: Self-esteem, Identity, and Behavior
Show Notes

Who wants to acknowledge that their behavior broadcasts to others their level of self-esteem (at least to some degree)? Let’s see… when my body was emaciated from anorexia, it was an outward sign, unfortunately, of my internal low self-esteem. When I got drunk five nights a week during my last two years of college, it too, was an indication that my self-esteem was in the toilet, as did my abuse of prescription pain medication. Our behaviors reflect, to some degree, how we feel about ourselves. Research is clear that disordered eating, which can lead to obesity, emotional health issues and physical problems, is inextricably linked to low self-esteem. Anyone who has struggled with carrying extra weight knows that obesity takes a toll on one’s self-esteem. The really great news is that we can improve our self-esteem, which will lead to healthier behaviors.  And improving our behaviors, increases self-esteem. It’s a win-win.  Intriguing… let’s learn more about how this works… 


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