Body image

Dr Vivienne Lewis posing with Jen in the UCFM studio

This episode of TACT is about body image.

What are the biggest contributors to a person’s body image, positive or negative?

What are ways we can improve our own thoughts and feelings about our bodies?

What can we do if we’re worried about the visible effects a negative body image is having on someone?

What is meant by body positivity, body acceptance and body neutrality?

How much is our mental health and body image interconnected?

Dr Vivienne Lewis behind the mic in the UCFM studio

Jen’s guest for this body image episode is Dr Vivienne Lewis, a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of people with body image issues and eating disorders. Vivienne has written two books — Positive Bodies: Loving The Skin You’re In & No Body’s Perfect — to help and guide children, young people and adults who experience body image issues. She is in the process of writing her third book which will assist health professionals working with people with eating disorders.

Episode producers: Sarah Grieb and Haidyn Vecera

Body image

TACT is made possible thanks to a YWCA and Beyond Bank grant, and with the support of Women’s Health Matters, the voice for women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT; and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT. The series is produced in partnership with The Owl at the University of Canberra.

You can share your thoughts, ideas and feedback by email ( or via the TACT podcast Facebook page.

Our theme song is Satisfied Minds by the fabulous Canberra band Miroji.

If anything we’ve talked about has raised concerns for you, there are many free support services you can reach out to for help, including:

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