Who is affected?

Body image affects both genders. However, studies have shown that females want to be smaller and reported more body dissatisfaction than did males. Caucasian females have been found to report the most body dissatisfaction. The development of one’s body image begins at a young age but often undergoes changes during adolescence, particularly during the stages of […]

Body Image Among Teens

Teenagers are believed to be among the heaviest users of many forms of mass media, particularly magazines and television. Research has revealed that women do feel more guilty, anxious, and depressed after viewing thin models in the media. Research studies that reviewed several magazines marketed for teenagers found that the magazine content supports the idea […]

What influences body image?

Body image is shaped by a variety of factors, some of which are controllable and others which are not: Comments from family, friends and others about any person’s body Ideals that we develop about physical appearance How often we compare ourselves to others Exposure to images of idealized versus normal bodies The experience of physical […]

Body Image Statistics

Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average woman. The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds. If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours […]

What is body image?

Your body image is the way you see yourself and the way you imagine how you look. Body image also includes how you feel about your body and how you sense, feel and control your body as you move. Positive Body Image When we have a realistic perception of our bodies AND we enjoy them just […]