Body image: how we think and feel about our bodies

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Mental Health Foundation
Publisher
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
13 May 2019
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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'Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies. Our thoughts and feelings about our bodies can impact us throughout our lives, affecting, more generally, the way we feel about ourselves and our mental health and wellbeing.

Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.

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