Awareness of internal body signals can affect the way we see ourselves
Making people more aware of their own internal body signals, such as heartbeat or breathing rate, could promote positive body image, according to new research published in the journal Body Image.
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University recruited a sample of 646 adults and found that there were statistically significant relationships between people’s interoceptive awareness – the extent to which people are aware of internal signals given out by the body such as heartbeat or feelings of discomfort or hunger – and body image.
While previous studies on the subject have tended to recruit small groups of young women, this study included both men and women, aged between 18 and 76.
The study found that people who can sustain attention towards their internal body signals tended to report higher levels of positive body image. It was also found that people who trust their internal body signals are more likely to hold a positive view of their own body, and be less preoccupied with being overweight.
Lead author Jenny Todd said: “Unfortunately, experiences of negative body image are extremely common, to the extent that some academics consider this a ‘normal’ experience for women in Western society.
“Our research finds associations between the awareness of internal body signals and measures of body image. This could have implications for promoting positive body image, for example modifying interoceptive awareness through mindfulness-based practices.
“However the research, which was conducted with exclusively British participants, also demonstrates that the relationship between interoceptive awareness and body image is complex and requires further investigation.”
more recommended stories
Preschool education can benefit generations of families
Early childhood education programs can impact.
What happens when your picky eater becomes a teenager?
However, the few children who were.
It doesn’t pay to play angry when negotiating
Don't bring anger into negotiation as.
Teens face health and safety risks exploring sex online
Sexual health and victimisation heighten based.
Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age 7
Overall physical activity starts to decline.
Autism brings qualities which help at home and at work
Autism enhances characteristics such as loyalty.
Exercise adds up to big brain boosts
Anyone who trains for a marathon.
The grassroots revolution making it normal for children to ‘play out’ again
In the 1970s and 80s it.
The influence of social media and children’s food intake
New University of Liverpool research, published.
Mental Health trails begin in England schools
Up to 370 schools to join.