Self-Esteem is a cognitive evaluation of how we see ourselves, our sense of personal worth. Research shows a relationship between low self-esteem and the later development of eating disorders, particularly in a perfectionist personality. Low self-esteem is a co-morbidity with other psychiatric conditions, however weight, shape and appearance overly influence self-esteem in individuals with eating disorders. The critical inner voice expresses negative comments in the mind blocking the ability of the patient to see his or her true nature and fundamental worth. Workshops aimed at bolstering self-esteem are an important feature of many hospital and residential treatment programs.
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