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Body image is how we think and feel about our body, and how we think it looks.

It is important to recognise that you are more than what you look like. This is known as ‘good body image’. You need to accept not only what your body looks like, but also value what it can do.

Don’t Pressure Yourself

Good body image isn’t about loving your body all the time. Different times or experiences will mean that how you think about your body will change. That’s natural.

So it’s okay if you feel like you are struggling with your body image sometimes.

“If you’re online and you see somebody, you might think they have the perfect life. They’re only going to post the good stuff but it makes you feel bad about yourself as you think ‘wow, they’re so much better than me’.” Omima, aged 10

Far From ‘Perfect’

We are often surrounded by images of the ‘ideal body’. From fashion adverts to social media, you’ll see a lot of people who look ‘perfect’. And that could leave you feeling negatively about yourself if you can’t relate to it.

Remember that in a lot of cases these images are altered to make them look better, and what you are seeing isn’t realistic. You are in control of what you see – if something is having a negative impact, unfollow or stop looking at the profile or site.

“Quite a few of the things on YouTube can make you feel bad about your body shape or about the way you look or smell. A lot of adverts can do that as well.” Fraser, aged 11

It’s Your Right

What your body does for you is unique to you, and you alone. It deserves to be loved, and nobody should have the power to take that away from you.

Celebrate yourself and who you are.

Top tip

“My advice: Don’t think you have to fit in. Be yourself. Do and act the way you want to. Don’t let anyone change that.” Mylie, aged 10

What Is Good Body Image?

What Is Good Body Image?


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