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>> Body Image
Body image is . . .
- How you see yourself when you look in
the mirror or when you picture yourself
in your mind.
- What you believe about your own appearance
(including your memories, assumptions, and
- How you feel about your body, including
your height, shape, and weight.
- How you sense and control your body as
you move. How you feel in your body, not
just about your body.
|Negative body image is . . .
– A distorted perception of your shape
-- you perceive parts of your body unlike they
– You are convinced that only other people
are attractive and that your body size or shape
is a sign of personal failure.
– You feel ashamed, self-conscious, and
anxious about your body.
– You feel uncomfortable and awkward in
|Positive body image is . . .
+ A clear, true perception of your shape --
you see the various parts of your body as they
+ You celebrate and appreciate your natural
body shape and you understand that a person’s
physical appearance says very little about their
character and value as a person.
+ You feel proud and accepting of your unique
body and refuse to spend an unreasonable amount
of time worrying about food, weight, and calories.
+ You feel comfortable and confident in your
People with negative body image have a greater likelihood
of developing an eating disorder and are more likely
to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation,
low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.
We all may have our days when we feel awkward or uncomfortable
in our bodies, but the key to developing positive
body image is to recognize and respect our natural
shape and learn to overpower those negative thoughts
and feelings with positive, affirming, and accepting
Accept yourself -- Accept your body.
Celebrate yourself -- Celebrate your body.