Do women have body issues…and how does it affect them?

most women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape

can a woman perfect her body? Will she feel better if she does?

Body image is closely linked to self-esteem. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use and suicidal thoughts. 11 FACTS ABOUT BODY IMAGE

common body image components include:

  • Body dissatisfaction: an attitudinal component of body image that refers to a person’s subjective negative appraisal (or general unhappiness with) of their body or aspects of their body.
  • Overvaluation of weight/shape: an attitudinal component of body image that occurs when one equates their self-worth largely on the basis of weight and shape, and their ability to control them.
  • Body preoccupation: another attitudinal component of body image that refers to the tendency to obsessively think about body weight or shape.
  • Body checking: a behavioral component of body image that occurs when one repeatedly checks their weight and shape. Common body checking behaviors include self-weighing, staring in the mirror, comparison oneself to other people, or pinching various body parts to assess for fat and muscle.
  • Body image avoidance: another behavioral component of body image that refers to the active avoidance of situations that elicit concerns about body weight or shape. Avoidance behaviors include a refusal to be weighed, wearing baggy clothes as a “disguise”, or the covering up of mirrors.
  • Body dysmorphia: a body image disorder characterized by the obsessive idea that some aspect of one’s own body part is profoundly flawed and hence warrants behaviors designed to hide or fixed these perceived flaws.
  • Muscle dysmorphia: a body image disorder that centrally comprises a core belief and fear around being of insufficient muscularity, and a simultaneous drive for muscularity.

In one Switzerland study of 1000 adult women (aged 30-74 years), despite 73% of women falling within the normal weight range, more than 70% of these women expressed a desire to be thinner.

according to the media, men should be extremely lean and muscular and women should be extremely thin…In one study of young girls aged between 13-17 years, nearly 50% reported a desire to be as skinny as the models they viewed in fashion magazines and reported that these magazines gave them a body to strive for.

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2 Responses to Do women have body issues…and how does it affect them?

  1. So true. The only time I was happy with my own body was when I had the time to work out like 3 or more hours a day and most of my friends and family thought I was anorexic at the time. Though I wasn’t, I was just lean and healthy. But then I some back problems and started working 12-15 hour days and who can workout 3 hours a day when you sit at a computer for that long and are a single parent.

  2. dave94015 says:

    Most people do not have the time these bodybuilders commit to working out. It’s unfortunate that the media elevates them as the standard for women (and men) to achieve with their body. Genetics also limits many from having a perfectly proportioned body. On a 2nd point you made, many bodybuilders limit their diets severely and are often starving themselves. Of course there’s the fame and the money but you can only do this for so long.

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