Body image is the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception. These feelings can be positive, negative or both and are influenced by individual and environmental factors. In a world where appearances are taken as a vital parameter of judgment & evaluation, consciousness and stress pertaining to body image is inevitable leading to an exponential rise in social comparisons and low self image and confidence issues in youngsters. Factors leading to a negative body image include:
This might further lead to maladaptive habits to fit into the mould set by society like:
Such unrealistic expectations have become contributing factors to an epidemic of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia which is plaguing the youth of today. It is the need of the hour to realize that we do not need to be defined by the narrow definitions of beauty set by societal standards and we need to learn to accept how we are inclusive of our flaws and strengths & stop validating ourselves solely on the basis of outward appearances. We are so much more than what meets the eye.
"She had become so cold overnight, I couldn't believe she wasn't coming back this time. I didn't know what to do, what to say to make things okay anymore. If only I could say the right things maybe Preeti would have stayed."
With this book, we bring you several real stories. Few are a reflection of first-hand or vicarious experiences, others are inspired by break up cases helped by the counsellors at BetterLYF.
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