To what extent do you think your own perspective of your body is influenced by media images of certain 'ideal' bodies?
From my point of view, being someone who will always have a challenge at keeping my body weight at a healthy size, I will always be overweight. I'm short and somewhat thick-thighed, and even when I've been thin, I've always felt huge because of my shape. I think the reason why I feel this way is because I have an unconscious ideal of what the 'right' body type is, and know that genetically, it's not me. These feelings are wholly influenced by the media's portrayal of thin women versus fat women... speaking on that:
The skinny girls on the tv shows generally always have the leading roles, attract the hottest/best guys, and seem the happiest... So the message to me is that if you don't look like that, you can't have those things too. (which ends up being a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy). There was however a wonderful show that proved all of these ideas wrong: Drop Dead Diva (watch it!! :)
Another problem is buying clothes. There are many great plus sized stores (online and locally), but oftentimes the clothes are presented on a super thin mannequin model, even though the clothes aren't even actually available in the smaller sizes. This is a problem because I have no way of knowing how the clothes will look on someone fat. It also suggests that models & mannequins don't come in a plus size, even though I do, and that my body must be strange and out of the ordinary, or even too ugly to be portrayed.
I was looking at some pictures of "fat" celebrities (yeah, I'm guilty of that too), and they showed Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian... who weren't big at all. No where near as big as me. And they still had that "ideal" body type/figure. The message to me is that if you're not absolutely "PERFECT" you will never be beautiful. And I'm even farther from the media's view of fat than those two, so I must be just hideous.
To counteract this negativity, I try to remember that life is a work in progress, I'm perfectly imperfect, and the media is full of ass hats.
Just my two cents. ;)
What are yours?