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 races/ethnicities. These concerns originate from a complex interaction of sociocultural influences, and have significant implications for mental and physical health. Positive body image is a multifaceted concept different from negative body image and relates to positive indices of health and well-being. 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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition|
|Subtitle of host publication||Volume 1-3|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2023|
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