Body image

Are you happy with your body? Ask that question of anybody and hardly anyone is going to come out with a straight yes!

How do you see yourself when looking in the mirror? You may think you're too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short, your boobs are too big or small, your penis too short or thin. You want bigger muscles, longer legs...the list is endless.

But everyone feels the same way. You are not alone, so don't put yourself down.

If you're a young person, your body may be going through lots of changes. And as your body changes, so do your worries. Lots of people have trouble adjusting to their new shape and looks and it's important to remember that everyone is changing around you as well and that everyone will be worrying about how they look.

Usually, worrying about the way you look - and particularly about your weight - is something you can talk through with your friends or family, but for some people, the worry becomes unhealthy. 1.5 million people in this country are coping with an eating disorder - striving so hard to change their shape and size that they make themselves ill.

If you have concerns about the way you look, you can get in touch with Ask Brook. Ask Brook is confidential. That means we won't tell anyone you contacted us unless we think you're in really serious danger.

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