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Impact of body image and beauty standards on wellbeing
In Scientist Phase-ADVANCED
Aug 24, 2023
An Elephant and its body parts example: 1. Brain- It has been widely recognised that social expectations of beauty standards and body images can impact our physical and mental health, and overall well-being, especially among adolescents and young adults. Indeed, evidence that adolescence is a vulnerable period for the development of the sense of self, confidence, self-esteem, body image issues, eating disorders, purging, and mental illness (i.e., depression and anxiety). Additionally, social media can expose users to numerous images and photos, including those of celebrities and fashion or fitness models. This continuous exposure contributes to the absorption of unrealistic beauty standards that are literally impossible for the majority to achieve, subsequently leading to greater dissatisfaction with body weight and shape.   2. Lungs – These could be stories of what we and our communities are already doing, little stories of day-to-day, or big ones. Stories to inspire and stories that can relate to where we are and want to be. Balanced body and mind are defined as each part of the body working with one another to create and maintain a stable person which conveys mental, emotional, and physical stability. When we say, “mental and emotional health”, for instance, we are referring to one’s overall psychological well-being. Embrace your beauty and body – for instance, we embrace and love our imperfections. Positive change of self – for instance, we try our best to have a healthy life, including healthy diets, exercises, and balanced personal and professional life.     3. Stomach (Easy way to explain to the community)- It is essential to comprehend the attitude and values of your audience before attempting to explain anything. It is important to make sure that your message speaks to their concerns and beliefs. With empathy and without passing judgment or criticism, we should be able to approach the subject to the community and make it obvious that we are not advocating change out of a desire to appease society, but rather to improve one's well-being. For the people who are willing to change for their well-being but are finding it hard to do so, we can link the idea of body acceptance to overall health and wellness and describe how making healthy adjustments, like eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently, can improve your physical health and level of energy. Emphasize that embracing one's body and making positive changes is linked to improved self-esteem and mental well-being. By focusing on this, we can aware people that every aspect of your life will improve when you feel good about yourself.   4. Heart (What do we want to achieve)- A healthy sense of self-identity, healthy change, and a positive body image are all interrelated factors that influence overall well-being. Having a realistic and welcoming perspective on your body, regardless of societal pressures or comparisons, is referred to as having a positive body image. Instead of focusing entirely on your appearance, one should be able to value and appreciate your body and accept it in a positive manner. Understanding and accepting who you are as a person, beyond what is visible, is the foundation of a healthy self-identity and it includes all of your values, beliefs, passions, skills, and life experiences.   5. Liver (Breaking down the negative but doing so in a way that leaves us with hope that there is a positive way forward) - Internal Locus of Control: This is the belief that individuals have control over their own actions and the outcome of those actions. In the context of a community project about body image. Internal locus of control would mean that individuals believe they have the power to decide how receiving negative comments about their body affects them. - Strong mind: Like internal locus of control, to be able to break down the negative effects of body shaming, individuals need to have a healthy and strong mind.   6. Hands (Practical advice on what can be done) - Self-care education for parents - Communication with children - Advocacy to local organisations (i.e.) diversity - Local fitness organisations changing their message from success story to progress      

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