We’ve seen a boom of information about body image in recent years, with some excellent campaigns (see Dove’s Be Real Body Confidence campaign) raising the profile of this challenge for so many. However, UK adults still struggle with their body image.
This tells us two things:
- If you struggle with body image difficulties, you’re not alone
- Body image is directly linked to our mental health
This means body image concerns are real, they are common, and we don’t need just to ignore how we feel about ourselves. Most of us would agree that we still need more information about body image – especially on changing our body image to be healthier.
Healthy body image = acceptance
Healthy body image ≠ perfection
Research shows that aiming for an unrealistic ideal can create unhelpful attitudes about ourselves. We begin to seek perfection based on the ideals that we see around us. Even though we know, really, no one is perfect – we sometimes convince ourselves that we should aim toward perfection.
The result? We feel like we’re never enough. We can’t reach perfection, so we’re always reaching. It’s exhausting. And it doesn’t lead to a healthy body image. Working towards acceptance, not perfection, can lead to a healthier body image.
Feeling my mind
We all have our ups and downs on the journey to self-acceptance. It takes practice and time, and everyone’s paths are different. Here’s some tips to help you maintain a healthy sense of self.Read the tips
Parenting for a healthy body image
We hope this guide provides a starting point for parents to navigate the topic of body image with their 'tweens' and teens.Download the guide
Mirror my mind comics
Self-acceptance takes practice and time, and everyone’s paths are different. Here’s some comic strips about how you can talk about cosmetic treatments.View the comics