Is Body Checking Bad for Your Mental Health?

Health and Fitness

Most of us will sneak a peek at ourselves whenever we pass by a mirror or see our reflection in a window. This act of assessing our appearance is called body checking.

While the practice doesn’t always prove problematic, it can cross the line into an unhealthy habit for some people (especially for those struggling with disordered eating) when it becomes an obsessive behavior.

Here, Chelsea Kronengold, associate director of communications at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), explains what body checking is, including why we do it, the negative effects it has on mental health and how we can combat it.

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