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Body Image Body image: your mental image of your physical appearance (shaped by surroundings – family, peers, community, society/culture 4 aspects – perceptual (how you see your bod), affective (how you feel about your body), cognitive (how you think about your body), behavioral (way you behave as a result of other 3) By 18, 2/3 adolescent girls = dissatisfied with bodies > 90% college women engage in “fat talk” Adolescents who adopt unhealthy weight-control behaviors = 2-3 times more likely to gain weight Avoiding social comparisons (irl/media) may help boost own body satisfaction Standards Avg. body size, Eurocentric beauty standards, etc. Media and body image (can reinforce or help counter body image issues) Becker’s Fiji Study: Fiji’s value for larger bodies; eating disorders rare o Intro of TV – rapid social change after Girls modelsed behavior and appearance of TV characters, there was a sudden interest in weight loss, disordered eating became more prevalent o 2 cohorts – 1995/1998 (groups of Fijian adolescent girls) o Qualitative study (inquiry of exploration, in depth, non-numerical, seeks understanding, answering the “whys” and also interviews) Developing positive body image Be happy with self now (avoid social comparison), celebrate all things body can do, surround self with positive people who support you, be critical of all forms of media, beauty is state of mind not state of body, be kind to body, wear clothes = comfy and make you feel good about body Mental Health Mental health: state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community Mental disorder: SUSTAINED disturbance in thoughts, emotions, or behavior due to psychological, biological, or developmental dysfunction Over 46% of Americans experience some sort of mental disorder during their lives Mental disorders can impact anyone Risk factors
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