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Body Image

What is Body Image?

Generally speaking, the term "body image" refers to not only how you perceive your body and physical appearance, but also how you think others perceive them. Your personal body image can be a positive or a negative one, but a negative body image can lead to very serious problems such as eating disorders.

Self-esteem, how positively you feel about yourself from the inside out, has a lot do with how you view your body. This is why there are objectively beautiful women who do not think they are beautiful in part because they have poor self-esteem. It also explains why people who may not look like their ideal can feel positively about their bodies.

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If you have questions regarding this information please contact ValJeŠn Dale, LMFT, Chabot College Mental Health
Clinical Supervisorvdale@chabotcollege.edu or call at (510) 723-6615.