Negative body image (or body dissatisfaction) involves feelings of shame, anxiety, and self-consciousness. People who experience high levels of body dissatisfaction feel their bodies are flawed in comparison to others, and these folks are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.
•85% of women and 79% of girls skip important activities due to body dissatisfaction.
•Those who frequently look at “fitspiration” on Instagram are less likely to be satisfied with their bodies and more likely to want to be thinner.
•70% of girls with a poor view of their bodies won’t be as vocal about opinions
•54% of women say they’re their own worst critics
❔I want to hear from you, can you relate to any of this?
While we all may have our days where we feel awkward or uncomfortable in our bodies, the key to developing a more positive body image is to recognize and respect our natural shape and learn to overpower those negative thoughts and feelings with positive, affirming, and accepting ones. 💕
I spent decades dieting and exercising to change my body and make her look a certain way. To be accepted. To be seen as worthy. These last two years I’ve done some deep soul digging to rebuild my identity around nutrition and fitness to be coming from a place of nourishment, excitement and joy. ✨
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Monica Johnson Psy.D.
2021 Body Image Facts, Figures, and Statistics | Beauty Schools Directory
 Fardouly, J., Willburger, B. K., & Vartanian, L. R. (2017). Instagram use and young women’s body image concerns and self-objectification: Testing mediational pathways. New Media & Society, 20(4), 1380-1395. doi:10.1177/1461444817694499
2021 Body Image Statistics: 40 Shocking Body Image Facts (breakbingeeating.com)
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