What influences body image?
The media - We are constantly exposed to imagery from popular media such as movies, TV, web and magazines. This can lead people to form ideas about a certain kind of ‘ideal look’ that they see as normal and desirable. Comparing yourself with these images may leave you feeling disappointed or not good enough. Did you know that most media images have been altered through lighting effects, camera techniques and computer software? This produces flawless faces and bodies that are unrealistic. Often, touched up images of sporting heroes, fashion models and pop stars become role models for how people want to look. Have you ever wondered what the effect of this might be on how you see yourself?
Other people - Your friends, peers and parents can give messages about how you look. This can be positive or negative depending on how they feel about themselves or how they relate to you.Other’s comments and behaviours can range from direct critical comments and questions about how you look to their beliefs about their own body image.
How to get help?
There are many ways to get help, talking to a trusted adult or talking to a school counsellor is always a great start. Otherwise there are always helplines that you can call or email.
Dont forget that you are not alone!
45% of women and 23% of men in the healthy weight range think they are overweight
Only one in five women are satisfied with their body weight
Nearly half of all normal weight women overestimate their size and shape
Approximately nine out of 10 young Australian women have dieted at least once in their lives
17% of men are on some sort of diet