Body image is shaped by the society we live in. Different societies and their people have different images of the perfect and desirable body. Some associate a robust woman with fertility and sexy. However, the culture of North America commands for a fit and thin figure, so much so that most women here have developed various kinds of eating disorders to achieve that.
Many a times, people encounter hurtful comments and snide from other people about their looks and appearances. This affects the self-esteem of those people, especially if they themselves are not too confident about their own body.
Also, we constantly compare ourselves with others, especially with those whom we find are more attractive than us. This too, affects our self-esteem and we try to improve our body further to meet our own psychological demands. We always compare ourselves mostly with celebrities and stars from the movies and televisions. It is as if they decide how we should look like. This creates an adverse effect on us as we try to get into crash diets and surgeries to get into their shapes.
In some cases, the kind of upbringing a child goes through during his or her growing years also influences their mentality about the “ideal” body image. There are still many parents who criticize their own kids about the way they look, whether they are too fat or too thin, etc. this somehow brings down their self-confidence and later, they are the ones most likely to take desperate measures to get that perfect shape.
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