Body Image And Eating Disorders

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Body Image and Eating Disorders

Females and males are both under pressure to conform to societies idea of beauty. Women feel pressure to be thin, big chested, while men feel the urge to be lean and muscular. Society portrays these images of thinness and muscularity through media, magazines, and even toys. These images can have an impact on peoples body images, which can lead to eating disorders such as Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa. Body Image is the way you see your body, and how you feel about your appearance. There are four key proponents associated with Body Image. The first aspect is Perceptual Body Image. This is how you see your body, this may not always be a correct representation of how one really looks. For example, one may see themselves as fat, when in reality they’re thin. The next aspect is Affective Body Image, this is how you feel about your body. Third is Cognitive Body Image, which is how you think about your body. The final aspect is Behavioral Body Image, which is “behaviors in which you engage as a result of your Body Image”. Body Image has two forms. The two forms are Negative and Positive Body Image. Positive Body Image “occurs when a person is able to accept, appreciate, and respect their body Image. It is important because its one of the protective factors which can make a person more resilient to developing eating disorders”. People with positive body image often have high self esteem, self acceptance, and a happy outlook on life.…
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