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How does the media effect body image of young girls.?

How does the media effect body image of young girls.?

Negative expectation: Media uses idealized, not necessarily realistic, healthy or safe, images in order to sell their goods & services. In the case of women, they're all thin w/large breasts, snow-white perfect teeth, blond hair, blue eyes & bright red lips. Thus, every little girl wants to grow up to be this person. We hold the power in that we decide when to open the pocketbook. Don't buy what they're selling. ...Read more

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Body Image (Definition)

.Body image is the representation we create in our mind of what we think we ...Read more


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What can we do to stop young girls from focusing on their body image > brain?

Change society: Society values body image & athletic prowess over mental & artistic capability. Until society changes its priorities, we will continue to struggle in raising our children to value their brain over their brawn. But for those of us w/children, we should make every attempt to praise their mental & artistic achievements and encourage more of the same but not at the expense of obesity. Balance is key! ...Read more

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Is 'body image' the cause of a bulimia relapse?

Is 'body image' the cause of a bulimia relapse?

Not only that: Many things can lead to a bulimia relapse -- there is no "the" cause. Triggers may be different for each person, and part of the work of therapy is learning about them so as to work with them when they arise in daily life. For some people, chronic anger and loneliness may be big issues. Concerns about body image may flare too. There are many more possibilities. ...Read more

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How do I deal with my son's distorted body image?

How do I deal with my son's distorted body image?

Depends on severity: Most teens go through periods where they hate their body either realistically (severe acne) or not (unfamiliar body changes). Calm assurance that the body is still changing helps many. For real issues, seeking medical attention, like a dermatologist for acne, can be of great value. If the self-perception is truly unreasonable and impairing, the psychological or psychiatric help may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about woman media and body image?

Can you tell me about woman media and body image?

Media: What media promotes as ideal can certainly impact how a woman looks at herself. It can impact self-esteem and sometimes lead to healthy ways to achieve what is perceived as attractive. ...Read more

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Please offer some ways to get over obsessive body-image!?

Please offer some ways to get over obsessive body-image!?

Body image: Obtain reality feedback and compare this to distorted self-perceptions. Remember that beauty is skin-deep. Consider cognitive behavioral therapy if this has become problematic in your life. ...Read more

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What's a good way for us to as a society promote healthy body image?

What's a good way for us to as a society promote healthy body image?

Educate, Counteract!: Dr. Julie ancis, american psychological association fellow, advises, "counteract the power of advertising and internalization of unrealistic messages by brainstorming internal positive attributes. Help others define themselves in terms of relationships with family, friends, and abilities vs body shape.” and, “engage in educational activities focused on self-acceptance and healthy living.". ...Read more

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Honest opinion needed on question of body image of the female persuasion?

Need more info: More info is needed as this is not a question that can be answered. ...Read more

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I mean can u become anorexic....From illness..Not body image or anything of that sort?

I mean can u become anorexic....From illness..Not body image or anything of that sort?

Yes: "anorexia" just means loss of appetite for food. It can be due to many types of physical illnesses, and not from psychological issues at all. The correct term for the psychiatric disorder is "anorexia nervosa", which means anorexia due to a nervous condition. ...Read more

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Plz define yoor body image?

Plz define yoor body image?

Degrees of distress: Poor body image is a general term that can mean many things. Body dysmorphia is the most serious and is a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in a body part which is not present or exaggerated. Body image distortion is similar but to a lesser extent and can relate to the entire body. Body image distress is the emotional pain caused by the perception. ...Read more

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How do I fix my bad body image?

Body Image: If hearing reality based feedback from others doesn't help you align your self- image, consider cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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How can I improve my body image?

How can I improve my body image?

Investigate "why": There are a myriad of reasons why we don't like our bodies. Improving it takes knowing something about why you feel that way. And that takes talking it over with someone you can trust and who can help you find some answers and also help you develop solutions. It is not easy to do that, but it is certainly possible. Simple things such as good diet, exercise and sleep habits are a good start. ...Read more

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How can I deal with poor body image?

How can I deal with poor body image?

If this is causing: you to suffer - you might consider cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there things that can hurt my body image?

Are there things that can hurt my body image?

It's up to you: Body image is how you feel and what you think when you look at yourself, plus how you imagine other people see you. How you feel in your body -- strong and capable, or weak and insecure -- affects this also. Though it may vary from time to time, hopefully body image remains stably positive. Others' criticisms, and comparing yourself to others can negatively affect body image if you let them. ...Read more

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Ways to improve my body image, advice needed?

Best option is: therapy. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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How can one improve his or her own body image?

Depends: On how far image is off from reality. In general, eat healthy, feel fit, avoid harm mentally and physically, do things in moderation, be optimistic, etc. Avoid comparisons. ...Read more

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How does my body image change when i'm in love?

Hard to predict: Having someone who loves you can affect body image: what he or she says carries more weight than what others may say. However, many remain convinced they are what they thought they were before and that the loved one is just blinded by love. ...Read more

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What can happen if you have negative body image?

Perception: A negative body image may lower self- esteem. In some cases it may lead to options like plastic surgery, unhealthy weight loss, ect. - in attempts to have a more pleasing body. ...Read more

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How is your mental health related to your body image?

Eating & Dysmorphia: Body dysmorphia (thinking one's body is not good enough) affects men and women, and can be associated with the mental health disorders anorexa nervosa and bulimia. Body dysmoprhia can also lead to depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior and dangerous risk-taking. ...Read more

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