“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” asked Snow White’s stepmother and countless women as they gaze anxiously at their faces and their bodies. Rare is the woman who responds, “Me! I’m the fairest in the land (or at least one of the contenders)!”
Too often the feedback we get from the mirror is warped, critical, fragmented, and negative. There is a saying that you can never be too rich or too thin. And it is this wish – to get thin or thinner, to look younger or more muscular – that often causes people to develop body image problems in the first place.
Body image refers to thoughts and feelings we have about our appearance or how we imagine other people feel about our appearance. Most people have some body image distortion. But some people become so preoccupied and so self-conscious about how they look that they may begin to cut themselves off from socializing with other people.