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Building a Healthy Body Image
What is “body image”?
Body image is what you see when you look in the mirror or how you picture yourself looking to others. It is how you feel and think about your body, especially in terms of your height, body composition, and body shape. Body image is also how you feel in your own skin, which is evident in the way you walk.
Own a positive body image.
A positive body image is:
Focus on health, happiness, and the ability to move, not weight.
In today’s world, the “ideal” male is considered to be:
“Bulky, Muscular, and Trim.”
In today’s world, the “ideal” female is considered to be:
“Sleek, Slender, and Slim.”
A healthy approach is to believe the ideal male and female is someone who is fit, healthy, and at peace with his or her mind, body, and relationship with food.
We must treat our bodies with respect. In other words, we must:
Remember: the thinnest athlete is not the best athlete. The best athlete is someone who is properly fueled, trained, and rested.