“Body image” refers to how people think their bodies look. For some people, there is a difference between how they think they look compared to how everyone else sees them.
For example, someone who has an eating disorder might think they look overweight even though everyone else thinks they look like they have a normal weight.
What should I do if I need help?
How does the media impact my body image?
Because the media often alters how famous people look in movies, television and on the internet, young people can have a difficult time knowing what a “normal” body looks like.
This is especially true because young people spend more time interacting with media than they do in school or with their parents. The average adolescent spends six – seven hours a day consuming some kind of media.
How can I improve my body image?
To help give people healthy, positive body images, the National Eating Disorders Organization has numerous resources to help.
Be aware of the media’s influence on you. Just because celebrities or other people have “perfect” bodies does not mean you do. Know that everyone is different and that your physical and mental health is what’s important.