Today’s media landscape is rife with opportunities for us to feel inadequate about our bodies, and many of us will confront issues with body image and confidence over the course of our lifetime. The most common depictions of men and women promote and popularize extreme or exaggerated body image.

We decided to ask Americans about their self-image and body confidence, as well as their opinions on depictions of different body shapes in the media and what’s most likely to affect their self-perception. Moreover, given the profound influence of social media on the mind, particularly among young people, these images and posts highlight a dangerous trend in the way men and women perceive their bodies and health.

Nevertheless, we found that over one-third of women surveyed didn’t think social influencers who promote a positive spin on eating disorders should be banned from sharing content, and nearly two-thirds of men agreed with them.



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