Body image and mental health

Meghan M. Gillen, Charlotte H. 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 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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
ISBN (Print)9780323914970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology

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