Body image is an individual’s perception of his or her physical appearance. It is what a person thinks when seeing his or her image in a mirror, and is closely linked with self esteem. Those with poor body image will perceive their own body as unattractive or even repulsive to others. People with good body image, on the other hand, will see their bodies as either attractive or at least acceptable.
Body image is a complex issue. Negative body image affects both women and men, and has been an increasing problem among children. An individual’s body image is influenced by many factors, including peers, parents, teachers, mentors, and commercial advertising. Many have body image problems beginning during puberty. Learn how to maintain a healthy body image.
Poor body image can lead to a variety of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, and muscle dysmorphia. It is important to know the signs of an eating disorder. Also, learn how to help a friend who is suffering from an eating disorder. There are a wide variety of resources on campus that can help you.
Some choose to change their body images through tattooing and body piercing. If you have recently been tattooed or pierced, or are considering doing so in the near future, click for important safety and care information.
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“Body Image,” Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. Viewed 13 July 2004.