Background: Research evidence supports the critical relationship between body image shame and eating disorders. There is a dearth of research stating the impact of body image shame. The present study assessed the relationship of body image shaming with appearance anxiety and mental health well-being among victims of body shaming.
Method: The sample consisted of 362 participants, including 310 females and 52 males of the age range of 18-22 years.
Results: The study reveals that there is no one source of body shaming, but multiple sources, such as family, friends, and social media, are the most common. The correlation coefficient suggested a significant impact of body image shame on appearance, anxiety, and mental health well-being. The ANOVA showed that the effect of body shaming on appearance anxiety; and mental well-being was also significant.
Conclusion: The study reflects on the pathogenic impact of body image shame on perception towards self-appearance and overall mental health well-being. The findings offer relevant insights for research and intervention for supporting the relevance of developing compassionate abilities and attitudes to target body image and appearance-related difficulties.
Keywords: Body shaming, Body Image, Appearance anxiety, Well-being, Mental health