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Eating Disorders and Body Image
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A woman’s body image encompasses her physical appearance, size and shape. Issues of body image are found everywhere, whether a person is conscious of it or not. Image is formed from the positive and the negative feedback from people whose opinions matter to us.

With a positive body image, a person has a real perception of her size and shape and feels comfortable and proud about her body. With a negative body image, a person has a distorted perception of her shape and size, compares her body to others and feels shame, awkwardness and anxiety about her body.

A woman’s dissatisfaction with her body affects how she thinks and feels about herself. A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, dieting, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Developing and nurturing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman’s happiness and well through the different stages of their lives, hence their perceptions and feelings about body image change. Women choose a variety of way to meet their body image expectations.

Building a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and physical activity is important. Cosmetic Surgery is an increasingly popular way for women to enhance their appearance, but one that comes with risks. Guidelines, which can help a person to attain a positive body image, are as follow: -Person should listen to his/her body. They should eat only when they feel hungry. People should exercise regularly in an enjoyable way, regardless of size. They should expect normal weekly and monthly changes in weight and shape. People should work towards self-acceptance and self-forgiveness

They should be gentle with themselves. People can also ask for support can encouragement from friends and family when life is stressful. Moreover, person should also be realistic about the size; they are likely to be based, depending upon their genetic and environmental history. Everyone wants to look and feel the best.

This not always easy when we consider the busy life today’s people leads and the responsibilities they have. It’s very tough to find time for exercising and eating right in order to develop a positive body image. There are various Eating Disorders, which are needed to be treated.

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder, which is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Eating disorder such as bulimia includes extreme emotions, attitude and behaivours surroundings weight and food issues.

Eating Disorder is a type of eating disorder, which is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating. Over one third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms, placing them at risk for anorexia nervosa.

Though most of the athletes with eating disorders are female, male athletes are also at risk, especially these competing in sports that tend to place an emphasis on the athlete’s diet, appearance, size and weight requirements.

Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviour such as self-induced vomiting.

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