Many factors play a role in the development of a healthy or unhealthy body image. Despite the many environmental things which may have a negative impact, there are many ways to create and reinforce a positive image. Read Dr. Decker's contribution to Eating Disorder Hope concerning the topic of Body Image.
Many individuals in recovery from an eating disorder may experience ongoing chronic complaints of emotional imbalance, gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain and constipation being common), chronic fatigue, and disrupted or abnormal sleep. There are medical reasons why these problems may be experienced, and holistic support for recovery is imperative. Some aspects which I consider medically when working with clients in recovery from eating disorders are detailed here.