SYOSSET, NY – When a retailer recently announced its new XXXS size, there was some backlash. However, a New York health psychologist says the new size isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“It could be viewed as there are options for people of all shapes and sizes,” says Willo Wisotsky, PhD, psychologist at the Center for Weight Management at Syosset Hospital. “There are people who are physiologically built in a very small frame and need options and don’t necessarily want to wear children’s clothes during their adult or teenage years.”
Dr. Wisotsky cautions that some may take news of the XXXS size as a competition to lose weight and fit into the smallest size offered. That can lead to problems. She said a woman who experiences an obsession with body image and weight, fear of fatness, dramatic weight loss, loss of menstrual cycle, significant increase in physical activity may have an eating disorder. She suggests that women who have a negative self image work on reframing their thoughts to feature more positivity.
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