With society's mounting pressures to be "perfect" it's no surprise that so many women (and men) have complexes about who they are and what they look like. And it's not only your average day women who are buckling under the pressure from the mainstream media, look at how many celebrities ( Tori Spelling, Nicole Richie, Mary Kate Olsen, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Victoria Beckham, Paula Abdul, the list could go on) who've developed eating disorders, and starved themselves to fit the standards of the mainstream media.
It's a no wonder why so many women, particularly American women, think they're overweight (even though they may be an average size) compared to those they see on the television and in the magazines. Women aren't the only ones striving to be "perfect", men have increasingly become more body aware, but instead of starving themselves, they work out excessively to get rid of calories, which is also known as "exercise bulimia".
The mainstream media doesn't seem to be aware of the damage and influence they have on women, (especially teenage girls), and if they do, they don't care as they continue to tell us that "size 0" is the only way to be perfect. What's alarming is that many people believe the media's propaganda, for instance when supermodel Kate Moss said "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", it became a slogan for pro-anorexia websites, and more recently Urban Outfitters came out with a t-shirt saying "Eat Less", the media is promoting something that is far from "perfect", they are promoting unhealthy views that are causing serious health problems and concerns.
Urban Outfitters "Eat Less" t-shirt
(I know you've probably seen this video around, but I believe in it's message and I wanted to share it again)