by Catherine Rein
(last updated April 22, 2009)
A negative body image is related to feeling uncomfortable and awkward in your body. You might feel ashamed, self-conscious or anxious about the way your body looks. If you have a negative body image you are more likely to develop an eating disorder and/or suffer from feelings of depression, low self-esteem and be overly concerned with weight loss.
You can work to overpower these feelings and relearn how to be comfortable in your own body. A health body image is about feeling proud and accepting of your unique body. If you can build a positive body image you learn to celebrate your physical appearance no matter what its flaws and don't look for approval from others. Consider the following as you work to build a healthy body image:
It is important to be good role model for your children. When they see their parents eating healthy foods and enjoying fun physical activity, it will help them develop a positive body image for themselves. Model a healthy body image and healthy mindset about weight for your children. These are keys to avoiding eating disorders in the future. Teach your children to stay away from the scale and enjoy healthy food and physical activity.
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