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Body Image Info Sheet

Body image is how you think and feel about your body, and how you feel in your own skin. A person can have a healthy or an unhealthy body image, regardless of how they look. Developing a healthy body image contributes to self-esteem and well-being.

There is often confusion about what body image means, and how it differs from a person’s actual appearance. The Body Image Info Sheet seeks to clear up this confusion by answering the following questions:

  1. What is body image?
  2. What are the differences between healthy and unhealthy body image?
  3. What are common influences on body image?
  4. Other frequently asked questions.

Concerns about body image are widespread, existing across all genders and demographics. Use this worksheet to help normalize these problems, open discussion, and take the first steps toward healthy body image.

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References

1. Cash, T. F., & Smolak, L. (Eds.). (2011). Body image: A handbook of science, practice, and prevention, Second edition. Guilford Press.

2. Grogan, S. (2006). Body image and health: Contemporary perspectives. Journal of health psychology, 11(4), 523-530.

3. Matheson, M. (2017). Women’s body image in the media: An analytical study of recent body image movements across media platforms.

4. National Eating Disorders Association. (2018, February 22). Media & Eating Disorders. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/media-eating-disorders

5. Office on Women's Health. (2019, March 27). Body image. https://www.womenshealth.gov

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