MSc Dance Science & Education, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
In their professional careers, female dancers often encounter pressures from various sources, particularly those related to their body image. This article aims to critically examine the causes of body image anxiety from physiological, psychological, and societal perspectives, along with its negative impact on female dancers. Additionally, potential solutions to address this issue are presented. Through critical analysis, it becomes evident that factors such as female body development, dancers' pursuit of perfectionism, and societal stereotypes within the dance environment may contribute to body image anxiety among female dancers. The extreme weight loss methods chosen by dancers due to body image anxiety can lead to subsequent issues such as eating disorders, significantly shortening their professional careers, diminishing their quality of life, and even causing irreversible harm. Therefore, female dancers should focus on self-guidance and self-affirmation. However, the most crucial aspect lies in society and the dance industry embracing inclusivity and diversity, reducing rigid stereotypes regarding female dancers' body image.
Female dancers, Body image anxiety, Eating disorders
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