Our body image is influenced by many factors such as our self-esteem and social/cultural factors.
It’s estimated about 28% of males and 35% of females ages 11-24 years are dissatisfied with their appearance.
Body image may be positive and include feelings of pleasure, satisfaction, appreciation, and acceptance of our body. It could be negative and include feelings of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and criticism of how we look. Of course, it may also be somewhere in between at any given time.
Our body image is influenced by many factors such as our self-esteem and social/cultural factors, especially the extent to which a person feels pressured to conform to appearance ideals (for example, thin or muscular).
For support, online resources and education around eating disorders and body image are listed below.
You’re not in this alone, don’t suffer in silence.
If immediate help is required, call 000
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone. The following services are available to you and to family members, carers and friends.