The way you might perceive your body is either slim, overweight, tall, stumpy, short and plenty other ways you could say your body looks, but why should that matter? We're supposed to judge people on the inside not on the outside, but why is that every time society is trying to get people to love their body, it gets repressed down again? Why does society think its okay to degrade over weight people?
The 'perfect' body image is always changing from decade to decade. One decade is to have a full body and plumb face, but the next decade is slim body with narrow face and long limbs. Why is that? Does society push for a change every decade or does one person affect society and change the course?
This video shows how body images change over the years. One factor that might change the ideal body is culture. In Egypt it was long limbs, but in Renaissance England it was a wide waste with extra fat. Does culture affect body image?
America and Europe has always been a big influence on the fashion world. Pretty, skinny models walking down the runway often give the perception that if you want to make it into this business you better start working out and eating small, healthy portions. America has always been a big influence in the world so Western ideas are spread throughout the world, changing countries ideas and thoughts. Maybe the beginning of body image disorder began in the United States and quickly spread, just like America quickly spreaded its power? Perhaps the United States spread more than just their power...
This article explains more about how body image is affected by your ancestors and culture. Since I'm an American white girl, will I be more prone to anorexia than an African American girl? Who knows? It sounds like there is a good chance that I would get the short end of the stick, than the African American girl.