What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Check out our guide to learn more about your body image: See how you view yourself, get diet and exercise tips, learn to recognize an eating disorder, and get in shape the drug-free way.
What's Your Body Image?
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In Sync. You’ve got a great self-image. More than half of women (55 percent) and up to 48 percent of young men report being unhappy with their overall appearance.
Halfway there. Well, you’re totally human. There are some things you love about the way you look and others you’d be ready to swap in an instant. Seventy-one percent of women say they are dissatisfied with their abs and 60 percent said they didn’t like their hips. The men surveyed were unhappy with their muscle tone, abs and chest.
Skewed view. You spend most of your time wishing that your body were something different than it is. Well, you’re not alone. A study found that 80 percent of fourth-grade girls are already dieting because they are unhappy with the way they look. It’s not just a girl thing either. Young men are also becoming increasingly fitness conscious, often using muscle enhancers or diet supplements to help build their version of the perfect body.
Question 1 of 10
If somebody tells me I look nice, I say:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 2 of 10
I work out:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 3 of 10
I find myself snacking when:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 4 of 10
Not being able to control your own weight is:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 5 of 10
If my fairy god-trainer could wave her magic wand, I’d wish for my weight to be:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 6 of 10
At the pool party, I’m the one:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 7 of 10
The yearbook committee is taking candid pictures in the courtyard. I:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 8 of 10
I’ve changed out of my favorite outfit before going to school because:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 9 of 10
The school gym just added a new weight room. I’ll go:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
Question 10 of 10
The breakfast of champions:Correct 6 / 6 PointsIncorrect / 6 Points
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS:
- Extreme weight loss
- Drastic weight change
- Severe weight loss over short periods of time
- Hoarding Food
- Eating alone
- Eating excessive amounts
- Eating only "safe" foods, or those low in calories, fat or carbs
ALWAYS ON THE RUN:
- Compulsion, or need to exercise all the time
- Excessive, or over exercising
- Preparing food but not eating
- Cutting food into small pieces
- Playing with food
- Missing/skipping meals
- Wanting to eat alone
- An obsession with weight
- Repeated trips to the scale
- Trying to suppress hunger by smoking, despite the health and legal risks
SKEWED BODY IMAGE:
- View of one's self not consistent with what others see
- Persistent image of self as overweight, even after weight loss
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Eating Disorders Association