Body image is the way you see yourself. A positive image means you're comfortable and feel good about yourself. But a negative body image can lead to eating and exercise disorders.
80 percent of women find flaws in their appearance, and 50 percent of men are dissatisfied with their bodies, according to the Casper Star Tribune.
A national effort is underway to fight negative body image. As part of "Operation Beautiful," people are writing words of encouragement on sticky notes and leaving them on bathroom mirrors on campus. Joanne Theobald, a counselor at Casper College in Wyoming, is the brains behind Operation Beautiful. She also created "Love Your Body ... Treat it Well" week, featuring student exhibits on the history of body image. These projects aim to help students dealing with eating disorders, social anxiety and other problems deal with negativity and stereotypes in society.
The project is an effort to fight the results of research that show when people look in the mirror, they often immediately notice their flaws.
Operation Beautiful's objective is to end negative talk or thoughts about our bodies.
"It’s about addressing how society affects how we see ourselves and how we see and judge each other," Theobald said.