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Healthy body image is being comfortable with your physical appearance

Healthy body image is being comfortable with your physical appearance
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Body image

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Your body image is how you think and feel about your body. This may or may not be related to how you appear to others. A healthy body image is associated with good health and wellbeing in general.

A distorted body image – usually thinking you are bigger or fatter than you really are – is fairly common, more so in women than in men. People with severely distorted body images can develop conditions like anorexia and bulimia.

The media influence on body image is strong – it is easy to forget that being as thin and beautiful as many of the people in advertising and on television is unrealistic.

Follow the links below to find information about body image and how it can affect your health and lifestyle.

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Last reviewed: August 2014


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