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About 8 million Americans are suffering from an eating disorder and I don’t think we talk about it enough. Unrealistic images of how a body “should” look permeate all forms of media. Without an equally visible discussion on mental and physical health and wellness, it’s no wonder so many young people think they don’t measure up.
How you see and feel about your appearance and how you believe others see you is referred to as “body image”. Gazing into a mirror reveals what you look like, however, since you are not always used to seeing yourself all the time, you may actually be seeing a distorted view of your whole self, and there is certainly more to you than just what you see in the mirror. Seeing yourself is the picture you get in your mind when you imagine what you look like to others as well as how you feel within your body.
Having a negative body image means:
- Viewing your body’s shape in a distorted way, such as believing you are obese when you actually are not overweight
- Feeling sure that you are not attractive, while most other people are
- Feeling embarrassed, self-conscious and anxious about your appearance
- Feeling strange and awkward in your body
Developing a positive body image will allow you to:
- Having a true perception of your body shape
- Being happy with and appreciating your body’s figure in its natural form
- Accepting your unique body as it is
- Being comfortable and confident in your appearance
For more details, check out the full guide here: https://tapestrync.com/treatment/mental-health-treatment/body-image/
Here’s what’s in the guide:
- Negative and Positive Body Image
- Body Image and Mental Health
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Related Eating Disorders
- How To Improve Body Image