Body Image

Body Image, the media, and eating disorders

Definition of Body Image

Body image is the way you view yourself and how you think others see you.

10 Facts

  1. Women account for 90-95% of eating disorders.
  2. About 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder.
  3. Anorexia has the highest cause of death rate for women 15-24.
  4. Men make up about 10% of those suffering anorexia/bulemia and are less likely to seek help.
  5. 69% of girls between the age of 10-18 say that photographs of models and celebrities inspired their body shape.
  6. Only 10% of people with eating disorders receive treatment.
  7. 15% of all young women suffer from an eating disorder.
  8. Eating disorders usually start during teen years but could start at age 8.
  9. 40% of 9-10 year old girls said they have tried to lose weight.
  10. At age 13, 53% of girls are unhappy with their bodies. At 17 it grows to 78%.

5 Steps to improve Body Image

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do.
  2. Keep a top-ten list of things that you like about yourself.
  3. Look at yourself as a whole person.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people.
  5. Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel good about your body.
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