Weight Control / Body Image

Weight Control / Body Image

According to the Mayo Clinic:
If one is not living up to their ideal body image, they might begin to feel inadequate and ashamed of their body — even if they’re not overweight. This can increase the risk of mental health concerns, including:
  • * Low self-esteem
  • * Depression
  • * Eating disorders

Sometimes a negative body image leads to skipping meals or a cycle of dieting, losing weight and regaining weight — which can further harm self-esteem.

Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you’re so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems and, at their most severe, can even be life-threatening. Most people with eating disorders are females, but males can also have eating disorders. An exception is binge-eating disorder, which appears to affect almost as many males as females.

Treatments for eating disorders usually involve psychotherapy, nutrition education, family counseling, medications, and hospitalization.

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