Student Life Offices
Essentially body image is how you see yourself. This includes how you see yourself when you look in the mirror, how you picture yourself in your mind, how you feel about your body and in your body.
Negative Body Image is…
Positive Body Image is…
10 Steps to Positive Body Image
Eating disorders are disorders characterized by extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding food and weight. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and muscle dysmorphia. Eating disorders can have serious life-threatening consequences but recovery is possible.
The Media’s Message
The average female model is 5 feet and 11 inches and only 117 pounds and the average American woman is 5’4”, 140 pounds and a size 14. The media regularly portrays individuals with bodies that are not the norm, sending messages to Americans that this is what their bodies should look like. The media often defines in our culture what is beautiful or good and this can have drastic negative effects on our development of self-esteem and body image.