Updated: Sep 23, 2021
The straightforward answer to this question is yes.
Body image refers to both your mental and physical perception of your own body. Self-esteem refers to how highly you regard and appreciate yourself as a person. Self-esteem has an impact on how you care for yourself on an emotional, physical, and spiritual level.
Body image and self-esteem are strongly intertwined. When you have a body image that is positive, you feel good about yourself and know how to take care of it.
On the contrary, if you dislike your physique, you may not feel good about yourself or take proper care of it. This might include not getting enough food or sleep, avoiding friends and family, or declining opportunities to do activities you would typically like.
So if you don't believe your appearance reflects who you are, it might seem hard to have high self-confidence, even if you eat a balanced diet and exercise consistently.
How do I know if my self-confidence is associated with my weight?
You should ask yourself the following questions:
● Do you perceive and conceive of yourself as a whole person rather than a collection of physical parts?
● Do you embrace and appreciate your natural physical shape and size?
● Do you realize that a person's outward appearance tells very little about their personality and worth?
● Are you are at ease and secure in your own skin, and you don't have to worry about food, weight, or calorie tracking?
If the answer to all these questions is ‘no’ then your self-confidence is indeed predicated on your weight. In order to combat such strong feelings of low self-esteem, you should start out by embracing your weight. Additionally, if you want to lose or gain a certain amount of calories, ensure that you are partaking in healthy exercising and eating habits that assist in achieving your fitness goals.
So, how exactly is self-confidence linked with weight?
We have no control over other people's comments, which are frequently unwelcome, but we do have power over how we respond to them. We're all aware of society's unfavorable attitudes on fat, and when it's personalized, it can be devastating. Over the years, many patients have recounted mocking, critiques, glances, accusations, rejections, exclusions, and remarks.
The anguish might be buried, suppressed, or ignored, but it is always present, eroding our sense of security. We may have even agreed with the negative feedback, consciously or unconsciously, and embraced it as a part of who we are.
When you don't look like your ideal body type, you start comparing yourself with what you deem ideal. This leads to feelings of inferiority, decreased self-esteem, and depression.
Ironically, some overweight individuals may seek emotional solace in food, piling on even more calories to their plates. When you add in the various emotional ups and downs of life, it's no surprise that some people resort to binge eating, leading to further weight gain and reduced self-confidence.