Body image & Self esteem

By: Zara Masterson

what is body image?

Body image is your attitude towards your body - how you see yourself, how you think and feel about the way you look and how you think others perceive you. Your body image can be influenced by your own beliefs and attitudes as well as those of society, the media and peer groups.

Self esteem


Self-esteem is your opinion of yourself. People with healthy self-esteem like themselves and value their achievements. While everyone lacks confidence occasionally, people with low self-esteem feel unhappy or unsatisfied with themselves most of the time. This can be remedied but it takes attention and daily practise to boost self-esteem.

Low self esteem

-Is extremely critical of themselves
  • -Downplays or ignores their positive qualities
  • -Judges themselves to be inferior to their peers
  • -Uses negative words to describe themselves such as stupid, fat, ugly or unlovable
  • -Has discussions with themselves (this is called ‘self talk’) that are always negative, critical and self blaming
  • -Blames themselves when things go wrong

  • -Doesn’t believe a person who compliments them.
  • High self esteem

  • looking forward to a good future
  • enjoying the world around you
  • feeling energetic and hopeful
  • feeling confident that you have the power to change things in your life
  • joining in with others
  • being happy with each success, no matter how small
  • looking for ways to succeed
  • encouraging others
  • respecting others' differences and your own
  • accepting that you will make mistakes and you can learn from them.