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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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.
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.