Committee Definitions

"Body image refers to the person's inner picture of their outward appearance based on perceptions of the appearance of their body and emotional responses to those perceptions."

"Body" is a noun that expresses the idea of a organism's entire physical structure, its physical presence. One's body is objective. It can be weighed, measured, and verified by someone else. "Image" refers to mental representation. Therefore "Body Image" weds a person's real physical presence with the way an individual sees himself or herself. People's body image changes over time, perhaps even over the course of a day. Someone who has aches and pains is more likely to have a negative body image. - Dr. Carol Senf, Professor LCC

"Body image is the way a person feels internally about their outward appearance based on external factors of influence such as media and other people's perception of beauty." - Sherry Grace, Housing

"The subjective view of your body as well as how you view others' bodies and your perceptions of how others view you. Associated with self-esteem, attitude and culture." - Morgann Wagner, CRC

"Body image is most often determined by how one perceives the appearance of their body. Females often perceive themselves as too large/big and men may see themselves as too small or not enough muscle.

Body image is frequently associated with one's view of perfection as well as what type of emphasis they put on particular areas of their body. Magazine, television, and movie personalities often set standards for individuals. Individuals may often obsess over certain areas that they are not comfortable with ranging from body parts (thighs, arms, stomach) to facial features as well as hair color.

Body image can be skewed by one's perception and by over analyzing certain traits. This can lead to obsessive and/or destructive behaviors if not addressed." - Christie Stewart, CRC