Ashley Graham is a model and body activist. In this video she talks about her struggles with body insecurity and what she has done to accept and love her body. She does a great job at normalizing the pressures that most women face over how they think they should look, whether it is something they've been told or simply messages they've internalized. These feelings of inadequacy lead many women to hold themselves back from what they want because they think they aren't good enough and can lead to eating disorders, depression, and low self-esteem. We often try to change our appearance thinking it will ultimately deliver a feeling (whether it's happiness, self-acceptance, confidence), but what we often don't realize is that we can actually get that feeling despite our looks (and that, in reality, the body is just a pseudo and very fragile path to self-esteem). Ashley is a great example of someone going for what she actually wants (career goals, confidence, self-love and acceptance) despite what some people tell her.
Anna Clark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in working with eating disorders, including bulimia, binge eating, chronic dieting, compulsive eating, emotional eating and anorexia.