Body Image and Mental Health

M. M. Gillen, C. N. Markey

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Cultural ideals of attractiveness have shifted to become more out of reach for the average person, making body image a significant issue for many people in industrialized, western cultures. Body image concerns affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities. These concerns originate from a complex interaction of sociocultural influences and have significant implications for mental and physical health. Options for improving body image typically include psychoeducational, cognitive behavioral, and ecological/activist approaches. Body image concerns are serious problems that demand effective responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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