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Body Image
Body image refers to how people perceive their body in terms of appearance and attractiveness.


Such perceptions are often influenced by social or cultural ideals of beauty and often involve comparisons with the "ideal", airbrushed images found in popular media. It is also possible for people to see themselves in ways that differ a great deal from how they are actually perceived by other people.

Poor body image can have negative effects on psychological health and well-being. For instance, eating disorders are often associated with low body image, and depression can also result from it.

Body dysmorphic disorder (a form of somatoform disorder) can be seen as a more extreme version of low body image.

See also Self-image.
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