What is Body Image?

Written by Lori Reichel, Ph.D.

  |  Reviewed by Hina J. Talib, MD

A young person’s body image deals with how they see their body as well as how they feel about their body. Appreciating and loving your body is important. Yes, sometimes a young person may feel awkward in or about their body, including during the adolescent years, but learning to LOVE one’s body and appreciate all that it does is a healthy habit that will help people for the rest of their lives!

Tips for Loving YOUR Body
  • Try to remember that everyone is their own person; comparing yourself to others is not helpful. As Theodore Roosevelt once said… “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
  • Move your body in whatever way you enjoy! That can mean dancing in your bedroom, going for a jog, playing a sport, doing yoga, or anything else that puts a smile in your heart.
  • If you feel unmotivated to move your body, give yourself 10 minutes to do something. Usually, we want to do more after 10 minutes, yet you can still feel better even after 10 minutes of movement.
  • Limit time on social media. Spending too much time on social media can increase comparing yourself to others.
  • Hang out with friends who are truly friends. Friends help you feel positive about yourself and like you for who you are. If you are spending time with people where you cannot be your true self or that compare themselves to you, consider joining an activity or club you are interested in to meet people you will have more in common with.
  • Learn to appreciate your strengths and acknowledge that everyone has weaknesses.
  • If you are still feeling uncomfortable about your body, there are a number of ways to improve your body image and self-esteem. You deserve to feel positive about who you are. If you need additional support, please reach out to a trusted adult for help and visit BLOOM’s Body Image/ Self Esteem page for more tools and strategies.