Body Image

As you grow and develop your body changes and you might become more aware of how you look. You might worry about your shape and size, or particular features of your body.

Body image is how you think about yourself physically and how you believe others see you. Lots of people struggle with their body image and this can sometimes make life difficult for them.

Our Experiences

By young people, for young people

"You don't need a perfect body to have a good body image. When you like your body as it is right now, you boost your body image and your self-esteem too.

"How to help: Don't believe everything you see online. People can easily change how they look through social media. Don't compare yourself.

"Have a plan, but don't be too hard on yourself. Getting to where you want will happen. It just takes time."


Sasha, Age 14

(Some names changed to protect people's identities)

All You Need to Know

Who Can Help?

You can talk to your parents or carers, or a trusted adult within your school or setting, or any trusted friend.

Kooth offers online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support 7 days a week until 10pm. 

MAP Norfolk can give free and confidential support, information and advice on issues such as housing, money and mental health. You can call 01603 766994 or email info@map.uk.net.

If you live in Norfolk:

If you're 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for anonymous and confidential advice and guidance from a health professional. Chat Health is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

You can also contact the Norfolk Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you live in Waveney:

You can call the Suffolk School Nursing service on 0345 607 8866 or email childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk.

Urgent Mental Health Support

For 24/7 immediate advice, support and signposting for anyone with mental health difficulties please contact 111 and select the mental health option. 

If you feel someone's life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

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