Although people are aware that these images are edited and retouched, they still compare themselves to these people. Why? These people are thought of as having the perfect body, so when one does not look like this they feel as though there is something wrong with their body. This lack of confidence and self-esteem caused by body image issues can lead to serious mental and physical illnesses. The goal of this campaign is to focus on the positives of all body types and build a more realistic view of what ordinary people look like.
Children and Body Image
Children are more exposed to the media now than in the past, and many are uniformed about what they see in the media. For most children, they perceive what those people look like as normal, and therefore start developing negative attitudes about their own body and appearance. "Predominantly, there is the greater risk a child may focus on their body as one aspect that they dislike, over which they believe they can exert some control and change, or as a focus point of their negative view of themselves due to its tangible and visible nature" (Body Image). Children may feel the need to meet certain expectations about their appearance depending on how their parents and peers promote body image. This is why it is extremely important to create a healthy environment for your children where they feel accepted and don't feel pressured to look a certain way.
- 58% of college women feel pressured to be a certain weight
- About 91% of women are unhappy with their body in some way, although only about 5% of all women have this "perfect body" that is displayed throughout the media
- People who pay more attention to the media are more likely to place a higher regard on body image than those who do not
- 95% of people with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25
- About 40% of people say they would consider plastic surgery to fix something about their body image
- Only 10% of people with eating disorders will seek help on their own
"Body image is closely linked to self-esteem. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use and suicidal thoughts."
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- People constantly thinking about their flaws, or the ones that they perceive they have
- Inability to control negative thoughts surrounding their body image and fail to believe people who complement them
- Possibly will isolate themselves for fear that others will notice their flaws
- These thoughts cause extreme emotional distress and can cause a person to lack daily motivation and functioning
- "A perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or nonexistent" (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
- Affects men and women equally
- Examples of compulsive behavior and symptoms: comparing one's body to others, camouflaging, seeking surgery, avoiding mirrors, excessive exercise
Signs of Eating Disorders
- Low self-esteem due to body image
- Obsession with weight and fear of weight gain
- Eating an inadequate amount of food
- Forcing oneself to vomit after eating
- Lack of control when eating or failing to eat
- Feelings of shame when eating
Signs of Depression
- Feeling sad, helpless, worthless, and hopeless
- Less interest in activities that you usually enjoy
- Less energy or sleeping more
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Talk about suicide
Celebrities That Have Spoken Out
- Lady Gaga- "I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft. I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning."
- Kate Winslet- "The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don't desire to look like that."
- Ashley Benson- "Way too much Photoshop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive."
- Brad Pitt- "You can’t be the fair-haired young boy forever." Pitt repeatedly rejects the use of photoshop and actually wishes to show his flaws.
- Gisele Bündchen- "I love that feeling of, you know, we are women, we are so different, our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful."