An unhealthy body image affects your wellbeing and mental health, and may lead to eating disorders. Here are a few tips for improving body image.
Eating disorders and body image
An estimated 1 million Australians experience a type of eating or body image disorder. But treatment is available to help them lead healthier lives.
Teenage mental health
Teenagers and adolescents can suffer from mental health issues as they experience new relationships, school or study or starting a new job.
It's not unusual to be concerned about body image or diet, but using extreme weight loss methods can lead to eating disorders, like bulimia nervosa.
Anabolic steroids can enhance sports performance and body image, but they are illegal in Australia unless prescribed by a doctor and can do long-term harm to your body.
Body dysmorphic disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder causes someone to feel shame or disgust with part of their body or appearance. Any body part can become its focus.
An eating disorder is a mental health condition that involves an unhealthy relationship with food. About 1 in 7 people experience disordered eating in their lifetime.
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People with anorexia nervosa have an irrational fear of gaining weight and put themselves on restrictive diets and harsh, punishing exercise routines.
Mental health helplines
Information about key groups that can help with mental health problems, including healthdirect partners and leading Australian health organisations.