Let's chat about BODY IMAGE! 💜
Body image refers to a person’s emotional attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of their own body. Experts describe it as a complex emotional experience.
Body image relates to:
✨ What a person believes about their appearance
✨ How they feel about their body, height, weight, and shape
✨ How they sense and control their body as they move
A person’s body image will range from positive, or satisfaction with their body, to negative, or dissatisfaction with their body.
A body image does not develop in isolation. Culture, family, and friends all convey positive and negative messages about the body.
The media, peers, and family members can all influence a person’s body image. They can encourage people, even from a young age, to believe that there is an ideal body. The image is often an unnatural one.
Discrimination based on race, size, ability, gender orientation, and age also plays a role. Exposure to daily micro-aggressions at work and in society can cause people to feel that they do not measure up or that they are somehow lacking.
All of these factors can impact a person’s mental and physical well-being.
As the wise Emma Watson once said, who you are as a person is much more important than the shape/size of your body! 💜
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