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Negative Body Image

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You’re scrolling through your Instagram account and you see a post from a model that you follow. It's a group photo from an A-lister party. All the women have enormous busts, but narrow waists perched upon huge derrieres while all the men have a broad upper body, followed by a set of washboard abs. You think to yourself how beautiful and perfect they look. A twinge of jealousy flickers within you as you subconsciously start comparing yourself to that photo. Unfortunately, these are some expectations that society has built on how one should one. Moreover, when we don't reach it, there are often consequences of developing negative body image issues.

So what is negative body image exactly? According to NEDA (Australia’s national eating disorder association) , body image issue is the dissatisfaction a person may have of their body not meeting unrealistic criteria. It is the negative thoughts and emotions that result from their perception of their own physical self. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, this is an existing issue due to the world we live in promoting unrealistic body ideals. It tends to become a challenge to not compare yourself to these expectations when you scrutinize those images of ‘Instagram models’ in your everyday life.

A study conducted Down Under showed that, out of 10,500 Australian women, a staggering 89% of women all hated or wanted to change something about their appearance. A further study was conducted among 1,500 women and 1,500 men. Each person
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