is more of a general word, I’d like to approach the question regarding the
mental health of individuals. Your mental health could drastically affect your
self-esteem in many different ways. A
simple example could be depression. Depression is a mental disorder in which
the individual start to have feelings of sadness, worthlessness and lack of
desire to engage in any fun activities or pleasurable activities. These would
affect someone’s health as he would stop to engage in social event and tend to
be more of an introvert person. An introvert person is usually shy and have a
bad social life in which results in low self-esteem. In Marmot’s study in 2003,
he showed that depression can cause low self-esteem, he also argued that Low
self-esteem is part of the depressive illness rather than an extra symptom that
has no relation to it. So the study concluded with the idea that both the
mental illness and the low self-esteem can be the cause and consequences of
In (Pantic – 2014) study, He showed that Low self –esteem could be a result of
many mental illnesses, such as depression, eating disorders, and addiction. As
a real life example, if you are having problems with your parents or facing big
life obstacles those could lead to a depression which will affect your
self-esteem and your general health. Also people with eating disorders such as
obesity are having problems with accepting themselves and often have low
health could be a secondary cause of low self-esteem or primary cause of high
self-esteem. An example of a fit football player who would receive lots of
complements from the other gender on his or her body and performance which
would raise his self-esteem. On the other hand, the people who don’t have a
good body and aren’t satisfied with the way they look, they would probably
start to get depressed which will lead to low self-esteem. Verbal bullying
could be a negative enforcer to such mental dieses in this case and would
directly lower the self-esteem.
we can conclude that you’re mental health have a direct effect on your
self-esteem. And also the other way around. Many examples could be given on
this topic however, researches are still trying to get into more details on how
they affect each other.
health history could have a big influence on your health however, it’s not what
determine your health. Unless we are regarding biological factors such as
certain genes that can be passed from a generation to a generation that could
lead to a higher chance of having a disease.
big influences that the family health history could have on the child are often
found in the atmosphere of the family. A family in which the parents are facing
obesity and aren’t trying to stop it, they would have a big influence on the
child to also have obesity. In a more detailed look, we can look at the
following example: A family in which the parents are having obesity and are
raising their son. Their son physical state is normal as he’s still a little
child. At the dinner time, as usual the parents are eating too much and the
child is getting affected from seeing them. To young children, parents are role
models and in this case, the child see that eating a lot isn’t a problem. Since
that this is the normal for the parents they act normally in which they
encourage the child to eat more or they don’t put limits to his eating.
example of how the parents affect the child mental and physical health could be
seen in the famous incident of Isabelle Caro. Isabelle Caro is a woman who
faced anorexia from a young age because of her difficult childhood. Her mother
had a weird obsession that she didn’t want her child to grow up and she tried
to prevent her from growing up. This made her to be anorexic in a sense of not
growing up physically.
affected Ms.Caro mentality and resulted in her being anorexic at a young age.
Isabelle Caro said that her anorexia was a result of “difficult childhood”. She died at the age of 28 because of anorexia.
Daily Mail reporter (2011)
to give a solid answer, the Family history could have a big influence on the
person’s health, especially the young, but every individual is capable of
making his own choice and act in a healthy way. But also Family behaviors such
as family rules and restrictions could have influence on the child to recognize
the health problem as a problem and try to prevent it from happening.
People who are facing Anorexia tend to see themselves as
overweight, even if they are way under normal weight or emaciated. They
usually are extremely thin and they have a fear of gaining weight. Lastly,
they are extremely restricted about eating.
People who have Bulimia Nervosa are usually eating a lot at
different times. They tend to eat a huge amount of food at one time then it’s
usually followed by vomiting or excessive exercise or fasting. Unlike
anorexic people, they are usually having a normal weight.
People with Binge Eating disorder are eating a lot and lose
control over their eating. Unlike Bulimia nervosa, they don’t follow up the
excessive eating with vomiting or doing excessive exercise or fasting. That’s
why most people with this disorder are obese and overweight.
above from (National Institute of Mental Health)
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