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Distorted Body Image
Many eating disorders start with children or teenagers having a distorted body image of themselves. This article defines body image, distorted body image, and how it effects your self-esteem. Keep reading for tips on improving your body image.
One of the biggest challenges facing teenagers these days has to do with the way the view their bodies. Many teens have a distorted body image, feeling unhappy about their bodies, and believing that their physical appearance is negative in some way. While this problem of distorted body image is most common in teenage girls, there are growing numbers of teenage boys who are uncomfortable with their bodies, and who have distorted body images.
What is body image?
Body image is a complex psychological phenomenon. It involves the way we feel about our bodies, and how we view them. It includes our perception of our own bodies, how we think others view our bodies, our emotions about our bodies and the physical sensations we have about our bodies. The entire concept of body image is purely subjective. How we feel about our bodies has no basis in objective fact; it is entirely a psychological construct. However, even though body image is psychological in nature, it can have a profound impact in very real ways.
Your body image is often influenced by your self-esteem, and how you feel about yourself. If you do not feel good about yourself, or comfortable with yourself, you are unlikely to view yourself as attractive. Males have this problem, to a lesser extent than females. Part of body image comes from perception of whether or not we fit the images we see of bodies that are concerned attractive. These images are often present in the media, and they teach us that we need to look a certain way to be considered attractive. Fixation on becoming attractive in this manner can lead to a negative body image, and a whole host of problems, including eating disorders, depression, and unhealthy habits.
Tips for improving your distorted body image
It can be difficult to improve your body image, but it is important to develop a healthy sense of your own attractiveness, and to build confidence in yourself. Some things you can do to improve your body image, and stop fixating so much on whether or not you think others find you attractive, include:
It can be difficult to overcome a negative or distorted body image. However, if you look for ways to enjoy life, and if you take a realistic view of yourself and your appearance, you can begin to make the changes in your perception that can lead to a healthier body image and greater happiness.
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