Body Image Quiz

By Olga Ochoa & Laura Werthman

If there was a contest for best body would it be Sofia Vergara’s bodacious behind, Selena Gomez’s girl next door look, or the tiny Eva Longoria? How do you think these women see themselves, and how much pressure might they get from the media to alter, sculpt or color in their multiple shades of celebrity? Well, let’s find out how real or plastic these chicas are!


There are a lot of misconceptions about what women and girls go through in order to compete with glamorized representations of the female body.  Test your knowledge of the media’s negative consequences on female body image and self-esteem.

1. An estimated one thousand women die each year of___________.

A. anorexia nervosa (Eat something!!)

B. dancing (Give those feet a break!)

C. car accidents (Stop looking in the mirror while driving!)

D. heart attacks (Too many hot Cheetos)


2. Approximately five percent of adolescents and adult women have:

A. bulimia nervosa

B. anorexia nervosa

C. binge eating disorder

D. all of the above (talk to a Comadre, stat!)


3. What do you think is the average weight of a model?

A. 140 pounds (Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen)

B. 117 pounds (Lindsay Lohan during her crazy stage)

C. 67 pounds (Willow Smith)

D. 225 pounds


4. What percentage of women in the U.S. do you think are dissatisfied with their body?

A. 10%

B. 60%

C. 80%

D. 100% (On no, we need to call Oprah)


5. What type of women are more likely to develop an eating disorder?

A. Waitresses

B. Mathematicians

C. Athletes

D. all of the above


6. What do you think  the average American woman wears as a size in pants?

A. 10 or larger

B. 0-2

C. 5-8

D. 1


7.How much less do you think today’s models weigh than the average woman?

A. 8 %

B. 15%

C. 23%

D. 2%


8.What is the ideal body image?

A. The body image portrayed through media as the “perfect body.” (Victoria’s Secret Model)

B. a person’s perception of his or her physical appearance. (Look in the mirror)

C. a visual representation. (Get real abstract)

D. a picture taken by oneself and being reflected as an image. (Facebook!)



1. Correct Answer A – Anorexia Nervosa. Don’t worry girls, those Hot Cheetos aren’t going anywhere. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by the refusal to maintain a healthy body image weight and the belief of seeing oneself as overweight when being underweight.

2. Correct Answer D – All of the Above! Let’s start looking into eating our fruits and vegetables regularly, ladies. About 5% of women and 1% of men have bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and a binge eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by excessive eating. People who have bulimia will eat an excessive amount of food in a single  episode and almost immediately make themselves vomit or use laxatives or diuretics (water pills) to get rid of the food in their bodies. This behavior is often referred to as the “binge/purge” cycle. Like people with anorexia, people with bulimia have an intense fear of gaining weight.( Binge eating disorder is a disorder that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating (or bingeing). It differs from bulimia, however, because its sufferers do not purge their bodies of the excess food, via vomiting, laxative abuse, or diuretic abuse. ( glossary.html)

3. Correct Answer B – 117 pounds.  Models probably work on their body way too much for my taste; I’d have to give up my addiction to tumblr to look like them! The average American woman is 5’4″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. While the average American model is 5’11 tall and weighs 117 pounds. Most models are 98% thinner than the average woman. ( Source:

4. Correct Answer C – 80 %.  No lie, girls are beautiful in every shape and form! In an article from, it states that 80% of women are dissatisfied with their bodies, which has a lot to do with the way the media has portrayed the ideal body image to look. In a study of fifth graders, 10 year old girls and boys told researchers they were dissatisfied with their own bodied after watching a music video by Britney Spears.

5. Correct Answer C – Athletes. Be smart about staying healthy, don’t wear yourself out before the big game! Although it can happen to all kinds of women, athletic women are more likely to develop an eating disorders. In an article by Elizabeth Quinn “Eating Disorders in Athletes” it states that athletes tend to be competitive and disciplined individuals who will go out of their way to excel in their sports. With a combination of their personality and the pressure from their coaches, spectators, and teammates they are at high risk of developing an eating disorder.

6. Correct Answer A – 10 or larger. n the film Miss Representation, they state that the average American woman wears a size 10 or larger while the average model wears a size 2-3.

7. Correct Answer C – 23 % less. We need better equality. Twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman, but today’s models weigh 23 percent less! (Source:

8. Correct Answer A.  Ideal body image is the body image portrayed through media as the perfect body. Stop changing your Facebook profile, you look fine!Dr. Barbara Cohen talks about our addiction of control being related to our addiction for our body weight. In our culture, being fat is seen as loss of control which has become one of our culture’s greatest fears. This relates to our obsession of looking like the women we see in the media, such as magazines, TV shows and movies.

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