The Importance Of Body Image

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A good body image creates in a person a positive attitude towards oneself. As people grow older and start to become aware about their appearance, body image becomes one factor that influences their lives. People have different outlook and perception about their body, ranging from extremely negative to very positive. What is regarded to be society 's standards may not always correspond to one’s perception of his/her own body. Having a good body image helps an individual improve oneself. Negative body image or Body Image Dissatisfaction is when people feel uncomfortable and not satisfied with their looks and they think and see about themselves in a negative way (ReachOut, 2015). It consists of a deformed perception of body size or shape, also feelings of awkwardness, shame and anxiety about the body. Body image dissatisfaction is common to children, adolescents and older women. According to National Institute on Media and the Family (2015) at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies”. It develops to 78% by the time girls turn seventeen. There is a study on fifth graders wherein 10 year old girls and boys told researchers that after watching a video clip from the TV show "Friends" or a music video by Britney Spears, they were dissatisfied with their own bodies (Mundell, 2002). A research in Taguig City showed that with the use of Body Mass Index, 28.7% were in the category of overweight and obese while 11.6% were underweight. Six out of ten women were
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