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Body Image and Self Esteem
Body image affects how you feel about yourself. It's an important factor in self esteem for women, men, adolescents and children. The modern world glorifies the perfect body and if you're a woman it's difficult to be positive if you believe you are fat, ugly, too tall etc. This page focuses on the affects and what to do to improve your self-attitude and boost your self esteem.
Body Image and women
Self esteem in women these days seems dependant on how they think they look. Many women check the scales several times a day.
"I'm fat, short, skinny" - these are opinions you hold and maybe not true. However, I know people who are fat and happy and others who are slim and unhappy.
Guess what? Some men like large, some small, some thin and some tall. You don't have to be thin to be attractive! Someone will like your appearance and if you have a good feeling about yourself even better!
Your body is unique, enjoy it and love it. Focus on your good points. If someone likes you they will see the good and not the bad. Make yourself worthy of love and like yourself first.
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Body Image and men
Poor opinion of your body can cause you to have very low self esteem and self confidence.
Men worry about how tall, strong or big they are. The worst thing for men is probably being short. They believe the tall, dark, handsome myth. Most men will suffer low self esteem if they think they are short or too thin. Like women these men can become obsessed.
Many women don't like musclemen and even prefer shorter men. Sensitivity is a real plus.
Image and adolescents
Adolescents worry how they compare and appear to their friends and others. Looks and physical appearance are highly important! Teenagers want to look like the stars and pop idols they see on TV. These stars are not average looking people. Adolescents fall into the trap of believing that if they are not like these wonderfully attractive stars they are not worth anything.
Bad self image can be a killer! If people had confidence and liked themselves then eating disorders, bulemia and suicides would decrease.
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