What is Body Image?
Body image is the way we view our-self and the perspective in our minds of the way we look.
How can body image affect young people’s mental health?
If we have negative body image we can feel useless and can make us feel like we need to change ourselves, like what we eat or how we look. It can also affect our self-esteem.
When we have good body image we feel good about our appearance, proud and confident.
Top tips for improving your mental health:
Top tips for reducing appearance pressures:
Where to go if you need advice and support:
If you need to speak to someone try starting with a trusted adult at home or at school – they may have experienced this at some point in their life and can help.
If you feel this is affecting your eating and sleeping habits then contact your GP.
If you want to go to and get help, but don’t know how to start this conversation, Beat have designed a leaflet for people with binge eating disorder to bring to a GP appointment, to help them get a quick referral from their GP to an eating disorders specialist. It has guidance for the person with BED, and a tear-off section for the GP. You can download the leaflet here.
This webpage has been made in collaboration with the Student Leadership Team at George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell Council Public Health and the Black Country All Age Eating Disorder Service. The project has allowed the Student Leaders to learn more about body image and eating disorders. They are also organising some campaigns for their school and establishing a peer support programme.
George Salter Academy Student Ambassadors have been learning about body image and feel they have learnt: