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How does body esteem differ from self-esteem?

Body esteem is how a person feels about her physical appearance, including weight, hair, eyes, fingernails and other features that comprise the way she looks. Self-esteem is how a person feels about herself as a person. Self-esteem is a broader concept that may encompass feelings about personality, relationships, accomplishments, spirituality and in small part, physical appearance. Problems can occur when self-esteem is completely defined by body esteem, when what should be one small "slice of the pie" becomes the whole pie.

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