Body image

And eating disorders

What is body image?

Body image is the way you see yourself. Media and society have created the idea that being a "twig" is beautiful. Body image doesn't play a part in beauty in my opinion, not everyone will look the same or "perfect" Everyone looks different and unique and that's beauty. There is no specific way a body image should look, everyone is different.

Improving you body image

  • Stop comparing yourself to other people, no one is perfect
  • Avoid offending media
  • Look for media that reinforces positive body image
  • Be mindful of what you eat (This was you know exactly what's going in your body)
  • When looking in the mirror, replace a bad thought with a good one.


  • Only 5% of women have the body type that we see all over media.
  • 42% percent of girls in 5th-12th grade said they wanted to lose weight because of the images they saw in magazines.
  • 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of the perfect body.
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
  • In a study of first graders, boys and girls told a researcher they were dissatisfied with their bodies after watching Britney Spears music videos.
  • Another study reports that 53% of american girls are "unhappy with their bodies" at age 13 and by the time they're 17, this increases to 78%.
  • 5-10 million adolescent girls struggle with eating disorders.
  • Eating disorders are usually in teens but they can start as early as age 8.
  • Body dissatisfaction is the top ranked issue of concern for young people. (mission Australia 2014)
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