Poor body image can lead to: Low self-esteem. Obsessively thinking about your body and appearance. Putting too much emphasis on your weight, shape or size.
People with negative body image are also more likely to experience feelings of depression, anxiety, shame, or self-consciousness. Along with contributing directly to the development of eating disorders, these feelings can also contribute to low self-esteem, which can also work to develop or sustain eating disorders.
 Poor body image can affect physical and psychological health and can influence self-esteem, mood, competence, social functioning, and occupational functioning.
While body image concerns affect both boys and girls, research suggests that girls are more likely to be dissatisfied with their appearance and their weight than boys (24,25). In our survey, 46% of girls reported that their body image causes them to worry 'often' or 'always' compared to 25% of boys.
Body image and self-esteem directly influence each other and a person's feelings, thoughts, and actions. If a youth doesn't like their body or a part of their body (poor body image) it is hard for them to feel good about their whole self (positive self-esteem).
One's body image can be influenced many factors, including one's parents, peers, culture/media, or one's past experiences. Understanding the influences these various factors can have on body image can help shed a light on what may be at the root of one's negative body image and how to improve one's body image.
Sometimes, we worry about how we look or what our friends think about our body. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin, anxious, unhealthy or disempowered. Body image can have an impact on your self‑esteem and confidence. The media can have an impact on what you think a 'normal' body should look like.
People with negative body image are more likely to have an eating disorder and more frequently suffer from negative emotions such as depression, isolation, loss of self-confidence, obsession with weight loss. Obesity is also a risk factor for anxiety disorders.
Poor body image is often a predictor of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, dieting and eating disorders in adolescents. Positive body image is generally considered to encompass a more accurate perception of one's body size and/or shape as well as comfort or acceptance of one's body.
Feeling inadequate about or criticizing one's body. Not wanting to leave the house because of the way one looks. Avoiding activities or trying new things because of the way they feel about their body. Obsessing over food, weight, calories, dieting, or exercise.
Body image, in most modern definitions, involves two key elements: a mental picture of one's physical body (including size, shape, and appearance), and one's attitude toward the physical self (such as thoughts, feelings and beliefs about one's body).
Healthy body image is more than simply tolerating what you look like or “not disliking” yourself. A healthy body image means that you truly accept and like the way you look right now, and aren't trying to change your body to fit the way you think you should look.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others.
Low self-esteem may stem from experiences in early childhood. If you didn't fit in at school, had difficulty meeting your parents' expectations or were neglected or abused, this can lead a person to have negative core beliefs about themselves. These are ingrained beliefs a person has about themselves.
Health issues, depression, or trauma can affect how you feel about yourself. And eating disorders can cause a poor body image that isn't true. Tell a parent, doctor, or therapist what you're going through. Ask for help.
Social media platforms often feature images of people with seemingly perfect faces and bodies, often using filters and photo editing tools to enhance their appearance. This can create unrealistic beauty standards, leading to body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem in both women and men.
Body image is a multidimensional matter that includestheperception of persons regarding self–appearance and related thoughts and feelings about this. [1,2] These perceptions are influenced by many factors such as peers, family, social environment, and media.