Body Image and Ethnicity Study



Body image refers to a person’s emotional attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of their own body. Experts describe Trusted Source it as a complex emotional experience.

Body image relates to:

  • what a person believes about their appearance
  • how they feel about their body, height, weight, and shape
  • how they sense and experience their body

Positive body image is related to body satisfaction and acceptance, while negative body image is related to dissatisfaction and wanting one’s body to be different.

A negative body image can contribute to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders, and other conditions.

Dear Readers,


Please find below details of study by Hannah Lewis. If you are South Asian age 13-19, then please do get in touch with Hannah. We encourage you to be part of this research, the findings will be used to advice the health advisors. Body image disturbance is associated with several mental disorders. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to explore different aspects of body image in the general South Asian population and to compare  women of various ages.


Hannah Lewis (she/her)

PhD Researcher

Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health
Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Queen Mary, University of London


Study Website: Body Image and Ethnicity Study (

Study Twitter: @bodyimagestudy






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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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