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Sex, Gender, and Body Image

What is body image?

Body image refers to how you feel, act, and think about your body. Your attitude toward your body -- and other people's bodies -- is shaped by your community, your family, your culture, and yourself.

Television shows, movies, music, and advertising all are part of our popular culture, and what we see, hear, and experience through these forms of media has an effect on how we perceive our bodies, to greater or lesser degrees, depending on the individual.