While some women want the model type of body, there are model type women who feel like they do not have the perfect body. There are many factors that contribute to a woman having a negative image of their body for instance culture and media.
There are many factors that may contribute to a poor female body image. We live in a culture where thinness and beauty are highly valued for women and wealth and success are often considered to go hand in hand with a slim figure. Media images of ridiculously thin women are everywhere – television shows, movies, popular magazines. The media often glamorizes a very thin body for women. These are also the pictures that are being shown to teenagers in a time of their lives that they are particularly susceptible to peer pressure and looking good.
People and especially women may start having negative feelings about their body due to not knowing the aspects of body image. It is about seeing, feeling, thinking and behaving.
The four aspects of body image
1. How you see your body is your perceptual body image. This is not always a correct representation of how you actually look. For example, a person may perceive themselves as overweight when they are actually underweight.
2. The way you feel about your body is your affective body image. This relates to the amount of satisfaction or dissatisfaction you feel about your shape, weight and individual body parts.
3.The way you think about your body is your cognitive body image. This can lead to preoccupation with body shape and weight. For example, some people believe they will feel better about themselves if they are thinner or more muscular.
4. Behaviours in which you engage as a result of your body image encompass your behavioral body image. When a person is dissatisfied with the way they look, they may isolate themselves because they feel bad about their appearance or employ destructive behaviors (e.g. excessive exercising, disordered eating) as a means to change appearance.
Every person with a poor negative image needs help to get on the right track. It is a challenge but one for a worthy cause. There are simple tips to get someone started.
Confidence is a very important part of maintaining a healthy body image. Respect yourself, no matter what body type you are. The media may portray a “perfect figure” that is unachievable for many people.
When you’re looking in the mirror, focus on your good features, give yourself some compliments. If you respect yourself and your body, you are less likely to engage in unhealthy activities.
Exercise is another important tool in maintaining a healthy body image. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day reduces stress, lowers your body fat, improves your sleep, and boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Eating healthy foods help you maintain your weight, prevents disease, and boosts your self-confidence.