Body Image & The Media

Eating Disorders

Facts About Body Image & Eating Disorders

  • 81% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being "fat"
  • 42% of 1-3 graders would like to be thinner
  • 69% of girls in 5-12 grade say that magazines influenced their idea of a perfect body
  • 91% of women are unhappy with their body
  • 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12-26
  • Females are more likely to develop a eating disorder than males
  • 53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their body, it increases to 78% when they reach 17
  • NIMH estimates that more than 5 million Americans are affected by eating disorders
  • Types of eating disorders are Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder
  • Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate as high as 20%

5 Tips on How to Improve Body Image

  1. Stop saying negative things about your own or others bodies and refuse to listen to negative body talk.
  2. Take active measures to heal your own body image issues.
  3. Enact a media ban
  4. Spend less time worrying about your body and looking in the mirror
  5. Give yourself reasons daily why you think skinnier people look or feel happier
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