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Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice

Body image refers to the perceptions of a human's own physical appearance. It can also refer to the internal sense of having a body which is interpreted by the brain.

A 2007 report by the American Psychological Association found that a culture-wide sexualization[1] of girls (and women)[2] was contributing to increased female anxiety associated with body image.[1] The study found that women are more worried about their body image than men, though the last pioneered the culture of bodybuilding.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report-full.pdf Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, American Psychological Association, 2007.
  2. http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report-full.pdf Report of the APA Task Force on the Sex of Girls, American Psychological Association, 2007.
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