Body image is the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that results from that perception.”
Images of idealized bodies as portrayed by media, society, and culture influence the way we view ourselves. It is human nature to seek the need to fit in, be liked, and be loved. However, sometimes even if we have countless of beautiful qualities, we still tend to focus on the tiniest imperfections that we have, which shapes our body image. (Lane, 2019) Media also underrepresents the varieties of being a male, female, or LGBTQIA+ and instead sets rigid, categorical images. Our culture and society’s overemphasized beauty expectations prevents a person from appreciating and accepting one’s beauty.
Being slim, fair, and flawless are body aspirations that many of us put our self-esteem against risking both physical and mental health. Body image may not in itself be a mental concern, but its dissatisfactions may lead to poor quality of life, psychological distress, unhealthy behavior and eating disorders. (Dr. Mair, 2019)
Today, let us advance the movement for body positivity and overall body acceptance. As we continue to challenge the existing beauty standards, fostering love for our bodies. For no matter what the body type, all of these are beautiful.
This July 20, at 7pm to 8pm, join us on Twitter by answering the following questions:
- How has society and media affected your definition of body image?
- What does it mean to have the “body positivy” attitude?
- What are some activities and words of encouragement you can share with people dealing with body dissatisfaction?