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Body image is a term which may refer to our perceptions of our own physical appearance, or our internal sense of having a body which is constructed by the brain. Essentially a person's body image is how they perceive their exterior to look, and in many cases this can be dramatically different to how they actually appear to others. Negative feelings towards a person's body can in some cases lead to mental disorders such as depression or eating disorders, though there can be a variety of different reasons why these disorders can occur. Within the media industry there have recently been popular debates focusing on how size zero models can negatively influence young people into feeling insecure about their own body image. It has been suggested that size zero models be banned from cat walks. Many celebrities are targeted by the media due to their often drastic weight loss and slender frames, examples of such personalities would be member of the Spice Girls and wife of L.A Galaxy Footballer David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, famous socialite and daughter of Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie and ex Destiny's Child member turned solo singer and Actress Beyonce. Other controversial thin celebrities include British Super Model Kate Moss and Singer Amy Winehouse, though in neither case is their weight the most criticised thing about them. Some examples of celebrity men targeted in a similar fashion can be found, but the media seems to focus principally on the effect that the Size Zero phenomenon has on young women.

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