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10 Facts About Body Image That Will Keep You Up At Night

1. Body image, or the way you perceive your body is likely affected by family, friends, social pressure and media.

2. If you are unhappy with your body and don't seek healthy nutrition information, you may develop eating disorders. "Eating disorders" are unhealthy relationships with food that may include fasting, constant dieting, or binging and purging.

3. Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, less than 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed in the media.

4. 58% of college-aged girls feel pressured to be a certain weight.

5. Studies show that the more reality television a young girl watches, the more likely she is to find appearance important. And the same applies to adults!

6. Students, especially women, who consume more mainstream media, place a greater importance on sexiness and overall appearance than those who do not consume as much.

7. More than 1/3 of the people who admit to “normal dieting,” will merge into pathological dieting. Roughly 1/4 of those will suffer from a partial or full-on eating disorder.

8. In a survey, more than 40% of women and about 20% of men agreed they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future. The statistics remain relatively constant across gender, age, marital status, and race.

9. 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.

10. Only 10% of people suffering from an eating disorder will seek professional help.

Source: Do Something, A Global Movement For Good.

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Boost Your Body Image By Belly Dancing

Body image is the way in which we perceive, feel and think about ourselves, especially around our body shape and weight. A research study from Science Daily found that belly dancers were less likely to be dissatisfied with how they look and they have fewer self-objectifying thoughts which means they can take others judgments about their bodies less to heart. The study also concluded that belly dancing and sacred yoga are embodying activities that give women a sense of ownership of their bodies. It allows women to be mentally and physically present "in the moment" and to feel good about themselves.

"Belly dancing is an activity associated with positive body image, because participants tend to focus less on their external appearance, and more on the experience and what they are able to do with their bodies. It allows women a rare, safe and creative opportunity for exploring and expressing their sensual and sexual selves."

- Marika Tiggemann, 2014.

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