What do you think you look like? Body image is the mental representation an individual creates of themselves, but it may or may not bear any relation to how others actually see them. Body image is subject to all kinds of distortion from early experiences, the attitudes of one's parents, internal elements like emotions and moods, and much more.
A person's body image strongly influences their behavior. Preoccupation with, and distortions of, body image have been found to be widespread among American women and, to a lesser extent, among males. This mental image is a driving force in eating disorders, as well as mood conditions like severe anxiety and even depression.
In the midst of their angst, people tend to forget about the body's impressive utility: Our bodies get us from point A to point B, after all. Yet many people remain mired in a world where physical looks take primacy. To put body image back into perspective, experts suggest starting with a curb on the use of social media, platforms where visitors are constantly reminded of the outsize value placed on looks and image.