Body Image

Jun 28, 2021

The definition of body image is how a person sees their own body and how attractive they feel themselves to be. It is not uncommon for bariatric patients to have a negative body image because of media, family, and friends. A negative body image can begin in childhood. Often there is pressure on girls to be thin and boys to be muscular. As a child develops, they can continue to carry a negative view of their body. Bariatric patients are especially vulnerable to having a negative body image. They are often inundated with verbal and non-verbal messages about what is considered an “attractive” body. It is important for people to work on developing a positive body image, especially as they go through bariatric surgery. Here are some tips to create a positive body image.

  • Be grateful for what your body can do (run, walk, jump, climb)
  • Create a network of people that promote body positivity
  • Practice self-care and self-acceptance
  • Limit time spent on social media
  • Write down one thing you like about yourself each day
  • Remember you are more than a body
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