can you learn to love your body?
Having a poor sense of body image can affect a person in many ways, including performance in academics or career, relationship satisfaction, and even overall quality of life. In extreme cases, a person may suffer body dysmorphic disorder, where he or she imagines a physical defect. Often the person zeroes in on a specific area like the nose, breasts, legs, or whatever body part. Meanwhile, the perceived flaw is not even noticeable to others. People who suffer from this severe disorder obsess over the flaw to a point of dysfunction, with some even visiting the cosmetic surgeon again and again.
what is negative or distorted body image?
Body image refers to how people see themselves. Distorted body image (also called negative body image) refers to an unrealistic view of how someone sees their body. Like eating disorders, it is seen most commonly in women, but many men also suffer from the disorder.
You begin forming your perceptions of your body's attractiveness, health, acceptability, and functionality in early childhood. This body image continues to form as you age and receive feedback from peers, family member, coaches, etc. Personality traits such as perfectionism and self-criticism can also influence the development of a negative internalized image of your body.