Women and Body Image
As women, we all want to look and feel our best.
This is not always easy, considering the busy life today's woman leads and the
many responsibilities she may have. It can be tough to find time for exercising
and eating right, not to mention controlling stress! Sometimes women can feel
pressured to look and feel a certain way. We live in a culture that
puts much emphasis on physical appearance. Developing and nurturing a positive
body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to our happiness and
wellness, as we move through the different stages of our lives.
Body image and our health and well being
Our health, which we sometimes can and cannot
control, affects not just how we feel but how we look. Our body image - how we
feel about how we look - can change when we have a health condition or illness.
Pregnancy and menopause, natural life events women experience, can also affect
body image. Learning about how our health affects our body image is an important
first step in developing a positive body image.
The following resources focus on some of the top health concerns that can
affect a woman's body image. Information and resources are provided for each