SEGi College Sarawak had a discussion session on “Body Shaming and Mental Illness” on 2 March 2023, with speaker Chan Wan Xin (27) discussing the negative impact of body shaming on mental health.
According to Chan, body shaming, whether intentional or unintentional, can result in psychological symptoms such as low self-esteem, despair, and anxiety. With 17 documented occurrences of body shaming in Malaysia between 2017-2021, this issue is progressively increasing.
Chan also mentioned that body shaming can cause mental illness in various ways, including biological, psychological, and social variables, resulting in poor quality of life, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and body dysmorphia.
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