Body image: How we think and feel about our bodies

Our latest body image research, released during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

Read sections from our Body Image report

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Body image report: Introduction

‘Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies.

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Body image in adulthood

Estimates from the British Social Attitudes Survey suggest that one in twenty men and one in ten women reported being dissatisfied with their appearance.

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Body image and long-term health conditions

Body image is an important issue for many people affected by long-term health conditions, be they related to mental or physical health.

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Body image, sexual orientation and gender identity

While people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) experience body image concerns in ways that are generally similar to people who identify as heterosexual, their experience and relationship with their body is likely to differ in specific ways.

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How can we protect, promote, and maintain body image?

Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin and we can take small actions in our daily lives to help foster a more accepting environment.

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Tips to improve body image

Read our tips on how to improve body image and how we feel about our bodies and help us to protect, promote and maintain a positive body image throughout our lives.


Body image and mental health

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly affect our mental health. However, there is still a lack of much-needed research and understanding around this.
Learn more about body image and mental health