While scrolling through social media, do you compare yourself with people who appear physically fit? Does it make you feel bad about your body? You are not alone. Poor or distorted body image issues have increased and affect people of all ages. This can lead to unhealthy practices with food and exercise.
A positive body image increases confidence (self-efficacy), self-acceptance, and healthy behaviors. Changing how you think, see, and feel will help you to learn to love your body. Here are some ways to help achieve and maintain a positive body image.
- Concentrate on what makes you special by exploring your unique skills and talents.
- Make a list of positive things to say to yourself and repeat the affirmations daily.
- Focus on appreciating and respecting your body. Plan time to relax and celebrate what your body can do.
- Set goals to improve your overall health and well-being.
- Speak out against unrealistic images of beauty portrayed in the media.
Source: National Eating Disorder Collaboration-NEDC Fact Sheet – Body Image, go.iastate.edu/FZSEW2.