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Health Tip: Negative Body Image Can Affect Your Health

-- Your body image describes your appearance and the way you see yourself.

This isn't a superficial concept, warns Planned Parenthood. The group says a negative body image, if severe enough, can:

  • Increase your risk of depression and anxiety.
  • Trigger feelings of low self-esteem.
  • Make it difficult for you to concentrate.
  • Lead you to engage in risky behavior.
  • Lead to social isolation.
  • Spawn mental health issues, such as an eating disorder.
  • Lead you to avoid a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise.
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Posted: July 2009