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July 4, 2024

Ep479: The Case for Cute Clothes (It’s Not That Superficial)

The desire to lose weight so you can fit into your cute clothes is perfectly legit. And while it may seem superficial, it’s not. Wearing cute clothes can boost your self-esteem and even give you a sense of control in your life. But you don’t have to wait until you’ve lost weight to break out the color and patterns. You can start today, and the science is indicating you should.

  • Many emotional eaters find motivation in fitting into cute clothes.
  • Cute clothes are not superficial; they contribute to self-esteem and body image.
  • Studies (e.g., Dove survey, American Psychological Association) link positive body image with higher self-esteem.
  • Dressing well can lead to feelings of power and control (Journal of Applied Psychology).
  • Personal anecdotes about Tricia’s love for clothes and shopping with her mother.
  • Critique of reliance on scales for self-worth; encourages focusing on healthy choices and communication.
  • Importance of setting realistic clothing-related goals over weight-focused goals.
  • Encouragements:
    • Embrace dressing nicely at current weight.
    • Start wearing clothes that make you feel good now, regardless of size.
    • Benefits of colorful clothes on mood enhancement (studies on en-clothed cognition).
    • Rejecting the idea of feeling superficial for enjoying cute clothes.
    • Positive actions like dressing well can lead to further positive habits and better self-esteem.

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