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5 Facts Friday - March 1


In honor of #nationaleatingdisorderawarenessweek and #5FactsFriday, I wanted to share 5 facts about body image. ⠀

I think we can all attest to having negative thoughts about our bodies at some point or another. From a very young age, most of us are constantly bombarded with messages about “the perfect body” or what is “beautiful” and we internalize those messages. In turn, we are left with negative thoughts that can make us do things that aren’t in our own best interest. ⠀

Here are 5 facts I found from @neda ⠀

1. Body image concerns often begin at the young age of 6 years old. 40-60% of school girls are concerned with their weight and are worried about getting too fat.⠀
2. Numerous correlational and experimental studies have linked exposure to the thin ideal in mass media to body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin ideal, and disordered eating among women.⠀
3. Pressure from mass media to be muscular also appears to be related to body dissatisfaction among men. This effect may be smaller than among women but it is still significant.⠀
4. People who experience high levels of body dissatisfaction feel their bodies are flawed in comparison to others, and these folks are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.⠀
5. Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.⠀

Just a reminder that every body is different and beautiful in its own way. So celebrate your body today and every day!⠀

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