During college, more than half of students - both female and male - worry about their body more compulsively than their classes. Your body image isn't necessarily an accurate reflection of your appearance. It's how you perceive your body, and how you feel about your figure. Body image is often intrinsically linked with what society collectively "decides" is attractive, an ideal that changes at a rapid-fire rate. In the roaring twenties, for example, society idealized women who had svelte, almost boyish figures. Meanwhile, the post-war 50s ushered in a curvy physique as the female ideal. Today, thin is in, and the typical model is a shocking 23-percent smaller than the average woman. Society's definition of physical perfection is difficult to achieve, and often requires decidedly unhealthy habits to maintain. On the other hand, it is possible for most people to attain a healthy body size, by exercising and maintaining a nutritious diet. As well, the most sustainable way to feel good about yourself is to try to align your healthy body size with your body image, although this is easier said than done. If that's something you find yourself struggling with, call in some backup, whether it is a campus therapist or supportive friend.
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012