A combination of the feelings and thoughts you have about your body. A person may feel positive, negative or a combination of both at different times. Types of perception can be:

  • Perceptual - how a person sees their body
  • Affective - how a person feels about their body
  • Cognitive - how a person thinks about their body
  • Behavioral - behaviors a person engages in due to their body image

Triggers - The Causes

  • Psychological stress
  • Unhealthy eating behaviours
  • How others speak about body / appearance
  • Unrealistic body images in the media / social media
  • Pressure to appear a certain way
  • Long term health conditions
  • Cultural differences regarding an ideal body type

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Excessive focus on minor flaws in appearance
  • Fear that others can see a “deformity”
  • Perception of self as unattractive or ugly
  • Avoidance of social engagements
  • Perfectionism
  • Excessive grooming and hiding of a perceived “flaw” through makeup / clothes
  • Constant comparison of appearance with others
  • Excessive pursuit of cosmetic procedures / surgery
  • Never satisfied with own appearance and needs reassurance from others

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Confide in a trusted friend or health professional
  • Declutter apps on your phone - notice who/what you’re following on social media
  • Ask parents / caregivers to lead by example regarding body image, eating habits and staying active
  • Be aware of how you speak about your own body and others’ bodies
  • Find a preferred way to stay active
  • Speak to a mental health professional about the triggers and the underlying reasons
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