A staggering 40% of female college students have eating disorders, according to a study by the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.
This is why combating the harmful messages that cause these disorders is so important, and one artist is garnering a lot of attention for her unique message.
Jody Steel is a visual artist who often uses the body as a canvas. Her transformative work has turned men into robots and zombies, but for her latest work, she uses herself to make a statement on what it means to be a woman in today's landscape.
On March 8, Steel uploaded a video of herself painting her stomach into knots, making it look like she's twisted into herself for the sole purpose of being skinny.
"There have been times I've look in a mirror and wished for a perfect figure. No matter how much I went to the gym or how little I ate carbs and sugar, I still didn't see what I imagined was perfect," Steel says on her Facebook page.
"Once I realized that naturally, I don't have a coke bottle figure, or long and thin legs, I began to let go of the pressures I've felt to fulfill an image that our society has deemed the pinnacle of beauty."
Although her video was only uploaded three days ago, it's already gained a staggering 80 million views and 750,000 shares, and for good reason -- her work speaks so much of the pressures women face to look a certain way.
"Let go of your demons and learn to enjoy the things you love in life," Steel continues in her post. "You can be healthy and happy."
Watch the full video below.
If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness, there are ways to get help. Find resources, tips, and immediate help at Half of Us, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.