"Body image involves our perception, imagination, emotions, and physical sensations of and about our bodies. It s not static - but ever changing; sensitive to changes in mood, environment, and physical experience. It is not based on fact. It is psychological in nature, and much more influenced by self-esteem than by actual physical attractiveness as judged by others. It is not inborn, but learned."--from Improving Body Image, by Judy Lightstone
Body image disturbance is highly correlated with the development of disordered eating. For more information regarding national advocacy groups, body image and eating disorder treatment information please see the links below:
National and International Advocacy Organizations
Body Image Resources:
Recovery & Treatment:
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