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.
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.
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.
An eating disorder is a mental health condition. It involves an unhealthy relationship with food. Find out about the different eating disorders here.
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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.
Self-talk is your inner voice. It's part of your stream of consciousness, allowing you to process and understand what's going on around you.
Self-esteem and mental health
Self-esteem is your opinion of yourself. Find out the signs of low self-esteem and what you can do to improve your self-esteem and mental health.
Mental health and wellbeing
Almost half of Australian adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental health conditions do not discriminate, and can affect anyone. But support and treatment can help.