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Body Image episode
Define “Body Image”: “The subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body”.
The key here is that it is subjective. There is not objective way to view our own bodies. We can use objective measurements (height, weight, waist, et al…) but those objective ‘factual measurements’ will always be viewed through the skewed lens of our own psyches.
Can be positive or negative.
Women AND Men have issues with body image.
Often relates to being larger / bigger / taller
Men have just as many issues with body image as women do but are often not allowed to share those thoughts for fear of being outcast or ridiculed by peers. The adonis complex is a perfect example where men are told they need to have massive ‘shoulder boulders’, huge biceps, a chiseled chest and back. For many men it is difficult to put on weight or lean mass. It is also unrealistic to compare the amount of time you can devote to training vs. the professional body builder whose JOB is to be a gym rat and create his/her physique.
2014 study in JAMA found that adolescent boys are increasingly affecting with body dysmor
So Can you have positive body image AND always being pursuing improving health / performance and physical appearance???
Recognize, you will likely never “arrive” at the perfect look or the best performance, and that is okay.
It is human nature to push to be better.
How Do we combat negative body image?
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