PDCP 10. Body Image. What is Body Image?. How you perceive your body What you feel about that perception. Although your perception of your body can vary from day to day, or even from morning to afternoon, people tend to have a relatively stable view of their body.
On the following slides you will see how what is considered desirable with regard to body image changes over time and culture
Actress and Sex symbol, early 20th century
Actress and Sex symbol, 21st century
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Pro baseball player, early 20th century
Pro baseball player, 21st century
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King Henry VIII
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Miss America contestant
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New Zeland dancers
performing Maori haka
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Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that media images of female beauty are unattainable for all but a very small number of women. Researchers generating a computer model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions, for example, found that her back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body, and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimeters of bowel. Areal woman built that way would suffer from chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition.
Teens abusing steroids may suffer reduced sperm count, shrinking testicles, impotence and difficulty urinating. All of this intimately associated with the equipment most men value very highly. Teens on steroids also risk losing their hair and inappropriate breast development. One has to wonder how many takers there would be for steroids if these side effects were listed alongside the much-vaunted 'desirable' effects.
Anorexia - People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They don't want to eat, and they are afraid of gaining weight. They may constantly worry about how many calories they take in or how much fat is in their food. They may take diet pills, laxatives or water pills to lose weight. They may exercise too much. Anorexics usually think they're fat even though they're very thin. People with anorexia may get so thin that they look like they're sick.
Bulimia is eating a lot of food at once (called bingeing), and then throwing up or using laxatives to remove the food from the body (called purging). After a binge, some bulimics fast (don't eat) or over exercise to keep from gaining weight. People with bulimia may also use water pills, laxatives or diet pills to "control" their weight. People with bulimia often try to hide their bingeing and purging. They may hide food for binges. Bulimics are usually close to normal weight, but their weight may go up and down.
If you are concerned about your own exercise habits or a friend's, ask yourself the following questions. Do you:
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you or your
friend may have a problem.