For as long as humans have existed, we’ve probably been conscious of our own appearances. How we look compared to others, and how our bodies function as opposed to others.
Issues with body image that get out of hand can be devastating and dangerous. Still, this doesn’t mean there isn’t room for nuanced discussions about what a healthy struggle with how we look means.
In this article, we’re going to be exploring the ills of having a low perception of our own bodies, how these interact with the world, and how overall attitudes are changing.
The Definition of Body Image
One’s body image is the way one views their own physical body. This includes how they perceive their own appearance, feel about their own body, and how confident they are in their own physicality. This also includes any negative or positive thoughts and feelings about one’s own body.
Everyone has their own unique body image. How they feel about their own body can change over time and is influenced by a variety of factors such as family, friends, the media, and social media.
Causes of Having a Negative Body Image
There are a number of reasons why people can have body image issues. One of the main reasons is the way that media and society portray what we consider to be the “ideal” body type. This can lead people to believe that they need to look a certain way in order to be accepted and considered attractive.
Another reason why people may have a negative body image is due to personal experiences such as being teased or mocked about their appearance. This can lead to feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem.
Signs and Symptoms
If you have a negative body image, you may feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body, you may feel like you are not good enough or that you are not attractive. You may compare yourself to others and feel like you do not measure up.
You may avoid situations where you will be seen, such as going to the beach or to a pool party. You may feel like you need to diet or exercise to lose weight. You may feel unhappy and dissatisfied with your body.
Other Issues Because of Negative Body Image
Some other issues that are led by negative body image are anorexia, an eating disorder, bulimia, and anxiety. These all can lead to other serious health problems. People who have negative body image are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem.
They are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as alcohol and drug abuse.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one option that can help people to reframe their thinking about their bodies. This type of therapy can help people to understand and challenge the negative thoughts and beliefs that they have about their bodies.
Additionally, group therapy or support groups can provide a space for people to share their experiences and connect with others who may be going through similar challenges.
Medication may also be an option for some people. It is important to work with a mental health professional to find the right treatment plan for you.
Overcoming Issues With Body Image
One’s body image is not static and can fluctuate depending on how they are feeling mentally and emotionally. It is important to have a positive body image as it can impact one’s overall mental well-being and self-esteem.
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