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Chapter 9 Body Image SEPT 22

Chapter 9 Body Image SEPT 22 - Chapter 9 Body Image What...

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Chapter 9 Body Image What Shapes Body Image? Body image is the mental representation that a person has of his or her own body, including perceptions, attitudes, thoughts and emotions. Culture has a strong influence on body image. The advertising industry and the media are relentless in selling the American consumer an image of the ideal body. How do we evaluate our appearance? Our evaluations usually reflect ideals we get from: Family Peers Language Advertizing Media We use the ideals we perceive to compare to our self-picture of our own body shapes. If we perceive a discrepancy between the mental image of our body shape and the “ideal” we envision, it can lead to dissatisfaction and self-criticism. How should we view body image? Chapter 8 focused on body composition relative to health. Overweight and obesity lead to health problems Focus on the energy balance equation can help me understand my caloric needs Women and body image Our culture plays a role in body image Baby girls are described as “delicate,” “soft,” and “pretty.” Females are encouraged to define themselves in terms of their bodies.
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