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Influences on Body Image. What is body image?. Body image is a person’s view of his or her own physical body. Some people develop unrealistic body images based on what they think a perfect body should look like.

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Body image is a person’s view of his or her own physical body. Some people develop unrealistic body images based on what they think a perfect body should look like.



Friends, family, culture and the media all play a role in determining what people think is a “perfect” body.


Perfect bodies
Perfect Bodies determining what people think is a “perfect” body.


Media and advertisers portray unrealistic bodies because they want to sell products. Media images are often computer generated, enhanced or modified to make models look appealing. As a result, many of us grow up with a misguided idea of what a normal body looks like. Only 1% of women in the world are able to be as thin as one of these models.


These body image influences start young

These body image influences start young. they want to sell products. Media images are often computer generated, enhanced or modified to make models look appealing. As a result, many of us grow up with a misguided idea of what a normal body looks like. Only 1% of women in the world are able to be as thin as one of these models.


The truth about barbie ken
The Truth About Barbie & Ken they want to sell products. Media images are often computer generated, enhanced or modified to make models look appealing. As a result, many of us grow up with a misguided idea of what a normal body looks like. Only 1% of women in the world are able to be as thin as one of these models.

  • If Barbie were a real woman, she would be 7 feet tall. Her bust would be 38-40 inches, her waist 18-24 inches and her hips 33-35 inches. Her weight would be 110 pounds. If she were a real woman, Barbie would have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.

  • If Ken were a real man, he would be 7 feet, 8 inches tall. An average man would have to add 7 inches to his chest and about 8 inches to his neck to equal Ken’s measurements.


One way to overcome negative influence on a body image is to take time to reflect on what you like about your body.


Turn to “Body take time to reflect on what you like about your body.Image Assessment” on page 24.Take a moment to honestly complete Part 1 of the activity sheet. You will not be asked to share your responses.


Another strategy to overcome negative influences on body image is to take steps to improve your physical health.Turn to the completed “Tracking My Progress” sheet on page 18.


What is one positive accomplishment you have made toward your nutrition physical activity goal

What is one positive accomplishment you have made toward your nutrition physical activity goal?


What are some other things teens can do to develop a realistic and healthy body image

What are some other things teens can do to develop a realistic and healthy body image?


Some things teens can do
Some things teens can do: realistic and healthy body image?

  • Recognize the negative influences of media on body image.

  • Recognize when family and friends are positively or negatively influencing your body image.

  • Reflect on your qualities other than your physical characteristics.

  • Use self-talk techniques to counteract negative influences.


Complete part 2 of the body image assessment

Complete part 2 of the “Body Image Assessment” realistic and healthy body image?



You can supports others by
You can supports others by: realistic and healthy body image?

  • Complimenting friends on their positive characteristics and personal qualities and not just on the way they look.

  • Encouraging and supporting friends’ efforts to exercise.

  • Encouraging and supporting friends’ efforts to eat healthy.

  • Not engaging in or being a bystander to put-downs and disrespectful behaviors targeting the physical appearance of others.


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