Body Image And Dissatisfaction Of The Thin Ideal

1577 WordsDec 7, 20157 Pages
Body Image and Dissatisfaction The media’s interpretation of the “thin ideal” has caused people to modify their personal perception of body image, which is defined as the “internal representation of one’s own outer appearance reflecting physical and perceptual dimensions” (Borzekowski; Bayer). This notion is akin with self-esteem and self-concept possibly resulting in individuals having an inadequate body image as well as low self-esteem. The term “body dissatisfaction” is defined as a negative subjective perception of one’s own self-image. According to psychologists Grabe, Hyde, and Ward approximately 50% of women who do or do not suffer from an eating disorder have feelings of body dissatisfaction (2008). People who have unrealistic expectations of their own body image are also at a greater risk of being discontent with their body because of the sustained depiction of the “thin ideal” by the media. Body dissatisfaction is also directly correlated with “critical physical and heath problems” because of the negative affect eating disorders have on people (Grabe; Hyde; Ward, 2008). Trends The media has induced society to accept that being thin is the quintessential embodiment of beauty that everyone should consider vital in physical attractiveness. This results in a conflict of interest amidst being the “ideal” body image verses being considered “fat”. Those who are skinny ordinarily have a more superior prestige in social class ranking in comparison to
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