What is Body Image


Have you ever wondered about this term? Though you wouldn't have consciously in a scientific manner tried to understand the concept of body image you must have definitely looked in a full-length mirror and wondered "am I too thin, too heavy, just right? Do I have this "trouble spots" on my body like the acne, paunch, large bossoms or no bossoms at all? Yes, finally your body image is how you see yourself and, more importantly, how you believe others see you. Your Body Image says a lot about your mental and physical well-being.

Almost everyone has something about their body they don't like. But some people have extremely negative or distorted views of their bodies and we hope you are not on of them! They don't like most of what they see, and that can be detrimental to their health. Learning to accept your body takes practice and the understanding that there are some things about your looks you can't control. Genetics play an important role in our looks. So whether it is fat bottoms or bad eye-sight you got to blame the genes!

Factors Contributing to a Negative Body Image

Why are so many people prone to a negative or distorted body image? Body image studies reveal several factors that often lead to self-disparagement:

  • Weight Gain


  • Media’s message that beauty and happiness come from being thin


  • The inability to view oneself as thin

Cultural pressures

  • Being in relationships where a loved one is disapproving


  • Physical changes, such as pregnancy


  • Chronic illness


  • Disfigurement


  • Childhood teasing


Remaking your Body Image

Much of your appearance is genetic. Your father's crooked upper lip. Your mother's pear-shaped bossom. In fact, many top athletes have genetics to thank for their success. They were born to be what they are: A swimmer's wide, flexible shoulders pull him through the water; a runner or skater's powerful thighs for speed; a ballerina's swan-like neck and flexible hips for graceful pirouetting.

It's important to strive for self-improvement, but it's also important to be realistic about what you can change about yourself and being content with what you can't.

  • You should exercise and eat a sensible diet. Studies have proven that exercise plays a crucial role in feeling good about your body. Yoga or meditation may help you become more in tune with your body.


  • Plastic surgery may be an option: Remember, having a positive body image isn't just about losing weight or working with what's on the outside. It begins on the inside.


  • Seek positive, supportive relationships. Your sense of self-worth must come from you — not from what others think of you. Associate with people who have accepted their own bodies.


  • Focus on all the positive aspects of your personality.


  • Turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Each time you begin 'bad-mouthing' your body, stop and correct yourself. Those are not "thunder thighs" but "important muscles that get me where I'm going."


  • Give yourself credit. Learn to take a compliment.


  • Give your body the credit it deserves. Your body does an amazing number of things for you everyday. Treat it with the respect it deserves.


  • Thankfully, with age often comes wisdom that bodies are not the most important part of being human.

Remember, self confidence looks good on any body!!!!!