Causes of Body Dissatisfaction.
Our body image is frequently shaped during late childhood and adolescence but body dissatisfaction can affect people of all ages and is as prevalent in midlife as young adulthood in women. Its alarming the number of adolescents especially girls who hate and are trying to modify their bodies everyday. We see it from the way they react to food and the kind of clothing their parents get for them.
Adolescent girls are more prone to body dissatisfaction than adolescent boys. This is for the most part due to media and peer influences. However the rate of body dissatisfaction in males is rapidly approaching that of females.
Low self-esteem and/or depression
Low Self esteem or depression are strong factors for the development of body dissatisfaction. A poor self image and esteem of oneself can cause one to have a poor body image.
People with perfectionist tendencies, high achievers, ‘black and white’ thinkers, those who internalize beauty ideals, and those who often compare themselves to others, are at higher risk of developing body dissatisfaction
When we are teased about appearance/weight, regardless of actual body type, have an increased risk of developing body dissatisfaction.
Friends and family who diet and express body image concerns
Role models expressing body image concerns, can increase the likelihood of an individual developing body dissatisfaction regardless of actual body type.
In our weight conscious society, larger body size increases risk of body dissatisfaction.
Why is body dissatisfaction a serious problem?
Ask yourself the following questions :
Do you perceive your shape in an unrealistic way?
How do you perceive yourself in respect to others? Do you think that only other people are attractive?
Do you think that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure?
Are you ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body?
How do you feel in your body? Do you feel uncomfortable and awkward ?.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be dissatisfied with your body.
Are you or Do you know anyone struggling with body image?
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