SUBJECT: BASIC SCIENCE
CLASS: JSS 2
TOPIC: BODY IMAGE I
Body image is the way a person feels about his/her physical appearance such as size, body shape, height rare complexion, ethnicity.
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses:
Negative Body Image
A distorted perception of your shape--you perceive parts of your body unlike they really are.
You are convinced that only other people are attractive and that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure.
You feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body.
You feel uncomfortable and awkward in your body.
Positive Body Image
A clear, true perception of your shape--you see the various parts of your body as they really are.
You celebrate and appreciate your natural body shape and you understand that a person’s physical appearance says very little about their character and value as a person.
You feel proud and accepting of your unique body and refuse to spend an unreasonable amount of time worrying about food, weight, and calories.
You feel comfortable and confident in your body.
Body Image and Eating Disorders
People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.
Physical features of Body Image. The society tends to accept people who are endowed with certain physical features e.g Light Complexion, Longer hair, Shinny Skin, Aquiline Nose, Beauty, Tallness and other pleasant features while it refuses to accept people with Physical Challenges (the disabled) e.g Blind, Deaf, Dumb, Crippled and those with birth deformation such as Mongolian idiocy, Cleft Palate etc. To overcome these challenges, one has to cultivate the spirit of high Self-Esteem.
they really are. A. Positive Body Image B. Negative Body Image C. Self Esteem
Basic science Made Easy book 2 page;44-46 ,Search and browse for the term self image on the net.
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