The Effects of Negative Body Image – Abhipsha

(This image relates to this issue because this is something that we should all focus on. We are all made different, and if we weren’t, this world would be one boring place. Most of all we should learn to love ourselves no matter.)

Body Image is the way you perceive your body. There are two types of body image. The first type, “positive body image”, is when you love yourself no matter what you look like. The second type “negative body image” is when you are insecure about your appearance and you don’t like the way you look. The reason I chose this topic is because I know many people, who are constantly tormented about their appearance. I include myself in this category.

Negative body image is harmful because most people are more worried about how they appear on the outside rather than on the inside. People with negative body image see themselves as a distorted image of who they really are.  They feel awkward, uncomfortable, ashamed and self-conscious. They find themselves constantly compare themselves to others. Our Insecurities about our physiques are making the world more materialistic and fake day by day. Some of my classmates look down upon themselves because they are not “pretty enough”, or they are “not skinny” enough. Taking in mind that negative body image is unisex and affects a vast majority of boys too. Negative body image is mostly seen in teenagers, with raging hormones and emotions, teens are quickly affected by what other think of as the status quo. This is quite common in the ISM community. We are driven by the standards of supermodels, brands and fashion icons. This can sometimes take a huge toll on teens, as some would rather obsess on clothes, makeup and social media, than focus on their studies.

I learnt that negative body image is a serious matter because it causes insecurity, jealousy, depression and sometimes eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.Sadly, studies show that in United States ¼  people suffer from depression over their appearance for at least a short period of time during their lives. ⅔  of those people consider suicide or develop eating disorders which affects the body negatively by inflicting dangerous  and severe diseases and symptoms. And in some critical cases eating disorders can lead to death. I also discovered that many teens as well as celebrities resort to drugs in order to look the way do. This issue affect millions of people, some of drastically than others. We can help each other fight this by promoting body positivity and changing our social and fashion standards to incorporate more body types. I feel that Wellness is a subject that helps us keep our bodies and minds healthy, if we learnt more about body positivity and acceptance, we as individuals could definitely benefit from it.




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