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National Eating Disorders Association - Body Image Resources
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.
What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations).
How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
How you sense and control your body as you move.
How you physically experience or feel in your body.
Many of us internalize messages starting at a young age that can lead to either positive or negative body image.
Having a healthy body image is an important part of mental wellbeing and eating disorders prevention.
People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.