Mental Health: When you Look in the Mirror, do you Like What you See?

Is your body image positive or negative? If your answer is negative, you are not alone. Women
in the U.S. are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideal of beauty,
which can lead to poor body image. Women are constantly bombarded with “Barbie Doll-like”
images. By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet
product industries are assured of growth and profits. It’s no accident that youth is increasingly
promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty. The message we’re hearing
is either “all women need to lose weight” or that the natural aging process is a “disastrous” fate.