What is Body Image?

Body image issues are a common discussion here at Imagine Hope. We see clients young, old, female, and males who struggle with it. People with body image issues are more likely to develop eating disorders. This week we hope you understand more about these issues in order to live your best life and to help loved ones who might be struggling. Body image is "how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind." Sometimes it can be how you feel about your weight, height, and appearance, but also how you feel in your own body.

When someone has a positive body image, they embrace their body and how they feel in it. They are able to cherish and appreciate all that their body does for them. They don't spend time obsessing about looks and weight, but care for the body in ways that contribute to it being healthy- not "perfect".

People with negative body image feel uncomfortable and lack confidence in their body. They compare themselves to others and pick at all their flaws. Negative body image causes someone to see a distorted view of their body. You might see flaws that aren't there and magnify small imperfections into a bigger deal than necessary.

I encourage you to take care of your body. It does SO much for you. Be grateful for all your body allows you to do each day from walking, seeing, smiling, and singing. Without your amazing body's functions, your quality of life would be much different. Thank your body and be kind to it. You deserve it!

For more information, check out The National Eating Disorder Association and keep reading this week as we cover information about eating disorders, their effects on male and females, and what contributes to them.

**Information from today's blog was adapted from The National Eating Disorder Association

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.