The way we perceive our own bodies and the way we assume other people perceive us.
These are the harsh truths that are direct effects of the medias’ lies:
- The average size of the idealized woman (as portrayed by models), is below the healthy weight.
- The thin ideal is unachievable for most women and is likely to lead to feelings of self-devaluation, depression, and helplessness.
- 89% of women in a study of 3,452 women wanted to lose weight. (3,072/3452)
- The weight-loss industry brings in at least $59.8 billion in revenue per year.
- A disturbed body image is a significant component of eating disorders and plays and important role int he development and continuation of eating disorders.
Thinness has not only come to represent attractiveness, but also has come to symbolize success, self-control, and higher socioeconomic status.
Bruin, Kathy. “Body Image.” About-Face. N.p., 1995. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.