Body Image

What is Body Image?

The way one perceives their body and assumes that is how others perceive them.

Today's Media

Body image today is a large problem in high schools and society. Everyone wants to have that "perfect" body with the flawless skin, but what is being shown to the society through the media is not the true model. The media today portrays a very skinny girl with flawless skin, as the "beautiful", but what the viewer does not know is that the very skinny and flawless skinned girl may not be who she really is. These displays of beauty are unrealistic. The unrealistic views of this "beauty" creates millions of people to dislike themselves. The disliking of one's body image can lead to dieting often, or a dangerous thing, called eating disorders.

The "ideal" body, is not so ideal

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

A person who is already considered underweight diets often or exercises too much to lose an unhealthy amount of weight in a very short time.

Bulimia Nervosa

A person who binges on food, then makes themselves puke or uses laxatives to get rid of all the calories they consumed so they will not gain weight.

**Most people with an eating disorder experience depression

TODAY show's Survey

2,000 Adults

200 Teenagers over the age of 16

What percentage of these men and women worry about their appearance on a daily basis?

Men: 53%

Women: 67%

What percentage of the women spend at least an hour or more on their appearance to "feel better about themselves"?

78% of women

***The average women is said to spend 2 weeks of every year working on her appearance.***

What if one does not get help?

The other 90% that fail to get help struggle with the disorder for the rest of their short life. The ones who fail to get help will suffer from:

-Heart failure

-Organ failure



How can one get help?

**Only 10% of the billions of people within the United States with an eating disorder actually get help**

To cure an eating disorder it requires a long lasting treatment in some form of psychotherapy or psychological counsel with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs.

National Eating Disorder Association

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, the National Eating Disorder Association is one call or click away. They offer online chats and also try to partner an individual with a "coach" to help them with their eating disorder.

The imperfections and flaws are what makes one stand out and makes them, them everyone is beautiful in their own way.