Shame, Self-Compassion & Eating Disorders

by | Sep 18, 2018 | Body Image, Eating Disorders, HAES, Self Compassion

Grace Russell, Dietitian, Baulkham Hills NSW

18 September 2018


A powerful emotion and one that is often experienced by those with an eating disorder. Many studies suggest that shame is one of the strongest emotions leading to eating disorder behaviours.

Shame can be described as a painful self-conscious emotion triggered and perpetuated by perceiving oneself as flawed, and believing that others share this view.

This may be temporarily relieved by restricting intake, excessive exercising, binge eating and purging in an attempt to self regulate and self protect. However, in the long term shame becomes more deep seated as the belief that one is defective/flawed is perpetuated.

There is more and more evidence that developing self compassion can help individuals break out of this cycle and begin recovery.

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Grace Russell

Dietitian, Baulkham Hills NSW

Grace is enthusiastic about supporting women of all ages to find their own authentic health. Grace brings a caring, compassionate nature to her work and believes that kindness towards the self is a crucial agent for change. She is passionate about blending this with practical skills to ensure her patients can approach eating in a realistic, manageable way.