Like most people, you will be your own worst critic. However, does that mean that you have body image issues? Well, it does mean there is a possibility. Like everything in life, there is a fine line between having a problem and being responsible. In addition, because the line is so fine, it is not easy to tell when you have crossed over to the dark side. It is possible, though, if you have help. Here are the signs that body image issues are becoming a problem.
Constantly on the Scales
Plenty of people weigh themselves every day because it is an excellent way to keep healthy. After all, there is no better way to tell that you are putting on weight than reading it on the scales. However, that process is not the problem. The problem is the mental aspect of jumping on the scales. If you are legitimately doing it to try to maintain a healthy weight, it is fine. However, if you are doing it for vanity’s sake, you might have a problem. The same goes for looking at your reflection in the mirror. These traits only make you more obsessive about your image when you need to let go to be happy.
Willing To Be Extreme
The average person wants to lose weight, and they are ready to do change their habits to reach their goal. For example, they might cut down on alcohol and eat organic foods. It might seem drastic, yet it is still healthy. People with body image problems are willing to go much further. If you are a sufferer, you will think about questions like is gastric bypass surgery worth the money? Or, is it the only way I can feel good about myself? The answer to both of these questions could be yes, but that does not mean it is a good idea. Surgery is an extreme measure, so there is no need to take it lightly. Go with the tried and tested first before using the last ditch method.
Bad language does not have to be offensive in this regard. Plenty of people swear, yet they do not care about their bodies. You will say things that are much less offensive and much more destructive. Sentences such as ‘I always look horrible’ or ‘what’s the point?’ that do more harm than good. In simple terms, you are saying that you are worthless and you are not worth the effort. The fact is that no one is worthless regardless of the way he or she looks. Not everyone can be a supermodel, but who wants to pose all day and eat rabbit food for the rest of their life? Sometimes, the image is not as good as it seems in real life.
If you can relate to all three of the above, the odds are high that you have issues with your body. However, those issues do not have to linger for the rest of your life. Everyone can get to a point where they feel good about the person they are on the outside as well as the inside. All it takes is perspective.