Body image: Is fat all in our heads?

There are two sides of the coin to consider when it comes to body image: the social pressure contributing to eating disorders and self esteem issues (especially in the young) versus the constructive aspect of encouraging people to stay fit and healthy. Where do we draw that finest of lines? Who’s to blame for spreading certain ideals around body image – is it really the media? A new theory says if you’re overweight, that influence not only extends to your family and friends, it also has an impact on the friends of your friends. Given all of this knowledge, how do we move forward on this complex issue?