Body image entails a person’s perception of their physical self and the positive and negative thoughts and feelings which result from that perception. Body dissatisfaction can be influenced by a complex interaction of factors ranging between individual thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours regarding our own body, and our perception of the ideal body within our social and cultural environment, including on social media. In some individuals, body dissatisfaction and weight stigma can lead to debilitating physical and mental health consequences, such as eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive exercising, excessive dieting and cosmetic procedures.
This book explores how we can better understand and accept our bodies and ourselves, offering helpful advice on how young people can build better body image. We come in all shapes and sizes, so let’s celebrate our individuality and diversity.