“Looks don’t matter. The heart matters the most.” Heard this somewhere? Definitely. We have heard people saying this every now and then. But the question is, ‘Do these people actually think about their own sayings even once before framing social judgments about someone?’ NO.
Its very easy for a person who binge-eats like a giant and does absolutely nothing to keep in shape, but is still in a good shape because of being God’s favourite child and having a gifted metabolism, to drop a super-precious advice like, “Bro, you are growing so fat. You don’t look good. Start dieting and exercising!”, for a person who is already starving for weeks but is not able to get in shape, probably because of the underlying health issues following weight gain, which people don’t talk about much.
This is one of the examples where the person is forced to build up body image issues in themself. A body image is just a perception of a person about their own body. Body Image issues arise when a person starts thinking negative about their own appearance. The perceived defect may be some significant problem or only a slight imperfection.
Role of media
The digital media, television media and the print media, negatively affect people’s perception of their body image. For example, a magazine which might be professing self love, also contains article relating to how to get a sexy summer bod, flat abs, toned arms and the list goes on.
Remember these 3 things
To deal with body image issues, keep these 3 things in mind:
- Try to avoid unnecessary perceptions about your body. This will automatically prevent you from falling further into mental health issues.
- Accept all the flaws whether you can change it or not.
- Appreciate what all beautiful things your body can do and take proper care of it.
This is a therapy used by many psychologists and experts worldwide who deal with patients of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a psychological disorder occurring from body image issues in a person. Many times even relatives and friends are not able to convince the person with BDD that he/she should not worry much about their flaws. So in this therapy, the person is told to stand in front of the mirror and look at themselves for a very long time. This mirror exposure therapy challenges the distorted view of themselves. In the beginning they might not like seeing themselves, but eventually, as time passes by, they start liking even their flaws.