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Body Image
Mental Health Awareness Week 2016


More and more of us are experiencing problems with body image. The NCB said that: "Body image dissatisfaction is seen to undermine self-confidence, contribute to depression, and lead to the onset of a range of physical, emotional and societal problems. Around half of girls and unto one third of boys have dieted to lose weight, children and young people with body image dissatisfaction are less likely to engage in learning and school participation. Over half of bullying experienced by young people was caused by appearance.” Source: Reflections on body image — All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and Central YMCA.

TSR is running a campaign all of this week for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 to promote and inform others of the state of mental health and to try and reduce the stigmas associated with mental health.



Body image is a person's perception of their body, either as a whole or a specific part. Whilst we all have things about our looks that we don't like, if this is particularly poor it can have a huge impact on self esteem and mental health as a whole. Body image can be influenced by things including family, friends, culture, the media and their own personality and is often particularly a problem in teenagers and young adults of both genders.

Mental health conditions associated with body image include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders: often caused or exacerbated by poor body image, to the extent a person can often believe they are overweight even if they're dangerously thin. This can lead to restricting food intake, over-exercising, binging and purging and excessive and obsessive dieting, among other things.
Common eating disorders include:
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Many young people will be diagnosed with EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) with traits of several
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is when someone has a distorted or exaggerated image of themselves, which leads to obsessive worrying about perceived flaws and/or compulsive behaviours to try and correct them. These can lead to people not wanting to go out in public or avoiding certain events, and can greatly interfere with everyday life. It is closely related to OCD and can lead to self harm and even suicide, with many people also having this, anxiety, depression or an eating disorder.

Are you someone that has body image issues? Do you have any experiences you'd like to share? Get involved in the conversation! Reply below or make a thread about it. Let's get people talking about mental health.


We're holding various events and writing about lots of different themes throughout the week. Take a look here!
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Body image really does seem to be a major factor in today's society! It's so easy to get set on a 'perfect body', but there really isn't such a thing.

Thanks for this informative thread
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(Original post by BurstingBubbles)
Body image really does seem to be a major factor in today's society! It's so easy to get set on a 'perfect body', but there really isn't such a thing.

Thanks for this informative thread
Totally agree Bubbles! Individuality is really important to remember. There is not another you or I :yep: — I think furryface12 has done a really great job of highlighting the facts behind body image concisely and interestingly. Thank you Furry :lovehug:
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(Original post by BurstingBubbles)
Body image really does seem to be a major factor in today's society! It's so easy to get set on a 'perfect body', but there really isn't such a thing.

Thanks for this informative thread
It really can be, but it's human nature to never be *quite* happy with what we have and we just need to try remember that nobody's perfect, however they seem. Easier said than done though!


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Totally agree Bubbles! Individuality is really important to remember. There is not another you or I :yep: — I think furryface12 has done a really great job of highlighting the facts behind body image concisely and interestingly. Thank you Furry :lovehug:
That is very true! Thanks, thank you so much for finishing it off for me too, and everything else


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It really can be, but it's human nature to never be *quite* happy with what we have and we just need to try remember that nobody's perfect, however they seem. Easier said than done though!



That is very true! Thanks, thank you so much for finishing it off for me too, and everything else


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Don't thank me lovely, it's all you :giggle:
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