6 Tips for Loving Your Body If You Have IBD

Having IBD can make you self-conscious. Maybe you've put on weight due to the medication, or lost quite a bit and people are commenting, which can affect your self-esteem, or maybe you have an ostomy bag and you worry people will notice. We've put together a list of tips (based on information from everydayhealth.com) to help you to accept and learn to love your body, even though your IBD may make it hard. 1. Educate Those Around You Sometimes people will comment on your weight thinking they're complimenting you and are completely unaware that their comments are hurtful. Take the time to politely explain how your condition can affect weight. (And no, they really don't want Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis to help them lose weight. There are some horrible symptoms that come along with it.) MORE: Seven things you shouldn't say to someone with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis 2. Exercise Regularly Exercise helps you achieve a healthy body image in two ways: firstly, it will improve muscle tone and make you stronger, and secondly, it releases feel-good endorphins which will make you feel better about life in general. In addition, many people with Crohn's or UC often report a reduction in symptoms if they exercise regularly. 3. Give Yourself a Break Don't compare yourself to models and celebrities in magazines — they are not a true representation of what people look like. They're often so airbrushed, that they're no longer a picture of the person in the image. Likewise, don't compare yourself to people you know in real life, most people struggle with body confidence regardless of their health stat
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