10 TV Shows And Movies About Body Image That You Can Relate To

If there is one insecurity that brings us all together, it’s definitely body image. We’re always bombarded with images of perfection and no matter how much we know about advertisements being Photoshopped or the extreme diets that celebrities endure or the fact that our bodies don’t prove our worth, it’s still hard not to tug at our love handles, scowl at our hip bones, Google “how to lose 15 lbs” or, in extreme cases, hurting our bodies to get the figure we want.

So it’s important when TV shows and movies don’t shy away from tackling the effects that body image struggles have on young women, whether it’s about embracing our bodies or rejecting them. Sure, plenty of shows have a Very Special Episode about it and some movies skirt by it, but there are some that actually give these topics the attention they deserve. If you have body image insecurities or just have a passion for body positivity and eating disorder recovery, here are 10 TV shows and movies you should check out ASAP!


What other TV shows and movies have interesting portrayals of body image issues? Have any of them helped you out? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Sarah

    For the record, Daisy in Girl Interrupted had way more issues than just wanting to eat chicken. If you wanted to address a character from the movie that had Anorexia, you should have mentioned Janet, the one that had Anorexia..

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  • Catrina

    Another great movie is Fat Like Me. It’s about a slim, athletic girl trying to pass a class by doing a documentary. Her documentary is about being fat, where she dresses in a fat suit to see how people treat her. I love this movie and could relate 100%. It’s on YouTube, so look it up!

  • Yvonne

    ohhh i like Center Stage, and thanks Ashley for bringing up this article!! VERY important. Super duper important in this day and age, always and forever!!!!!

    I’m very lucky and blessed to have a boyfriend who never says anything to insult me about my figure, he accepts me for who I am and how i look but people I know have had boyfriends who tell their girlfriends to keep changing themselves. NOT COOL! 🙁