Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.
Clearly action is needed to build and promote positive body image and support good mental health and wellbeing in relation to our bodies. Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies.
The Mental Health Foundation recommends we all #BeBodyKind.
Local mental health and wellbeing organisations include: Mental Health Aberdeen, SAMH and Penumbra. Reach out...help is available