I’m speaking at our SAS next term on the topic of PRESENTATION – incl beauty, manners, interviewing, first impressions, media, body image etc… so the first question for the consideration is “what is the media/world message about beauty vs what God says?”

What Is Body Image?

Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes that others perceive them. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure and the media.

Body image is a complicated aspect of the self-concept that concerns an individual’s perceptions and feelings about their body and physical appearance (Cash & Pruzinsky, 2002). 

With a positive or healthy body image you feel comfortable and confident in your body, have a generally true perception of your size and shape, and understand that physical appearance does not define your character and value. You accept your unique body and don’t spend an much time worrying about food, weight or calories.

On the other hand, people with negative body image continually compare their bodies to others, feel shame, anxiety and self-consciousness about their bodies, and may have a distorted perception of their shape and size. A poor body image can lead to unhappiness, emotional distress, low self-esteem, dieting, anxiety, depression, obsession with weight loss, and a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder.

When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Is your body image positive or negative?