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BODY IMAGE and SELF-ESTEEM How does body image affect a persons self-esteem during adulthood Hypotesis During adulthood hair begins to turn gray and thins the skin becomes drier and more wrinkled and as fat is redistributed the shape of the body begins to change These changes along with those that take place in vision and hearing trigger a process of self-examination that culminates in transforming ones self-perception The growing preocupation for the way the body looks and functions affects an adults self-esteem and consequently their behaviour In this paper we will try to prove that the fisical changes during this stage of life many times derive in an increase of fitness-care activities attending the gym etc BODY IMAGE Although body image is a complex construct which includes all of how we see think and feel about our whole bodies in contemporary society the major focus has become weight This is not surprising when the current beauty ideals for women emphasise thinness and thinness equals attractiveness However most of the research on body image has been conducted with high school or university students and consequently samples have been restricted to a narrow age range in the teens and early 20s This paper presents a brief overview of the key findings from pre-existing research and our own which includes adults Our examination of adulthood begins with a comprehensive look at the physiological changes that take place as men and women move beyond age 40 The deterioration of the sensory systems Somewhere between 40 and 60 years every adult realizes that their sensory organs no longer work with the same accuracy as they did before In spite of the deterioration of every sensory system there are two which are more noticable during this phase of life hearing and sight Hearing Within the loss of the auditive capacity there are certain biological factors that have to be taken into account those are sex genes and
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