The way we see ourselves undoubtedly influences the way we interact with the world. In simple terms, body image refers to how we think and feel about our body and appearance (e.g. weight, height, shape, skin colour). Body image lies on a spectrum, ranging from healthy to unhealthy. Having a healthy body image is important for mental wellbeing, whereas having an unhealthy body image can be a risk factor for mental health problems.
Body image concerns can be relatively mild (e.g. minor discontent about a certain body part or aspect of appearance) or severe and debilitating (e.g. when tied in with eating disorders, low mood, obsessive behaviours and avoidance of certain activities). Body image concerns may fluctuate over time, depending on things like stress, weight, and interpersonal factors.
At Epsychiatry, our caring team of psychologists and psychiatrists can provide support via telehealth for body image and related issues. Give us a call today to make an enquiry or book your initial appointment.