Body Image

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Body Image The essay titled “The Body of the Beholder” by Michele Ingressia from the textbook To the Point is about how black girls and white girls view their bodies. If you were to make a comparison Michele Ingressia says that they view their body images in very different ways. She writes about how black girls don’t mind gaining some weight while white girls do. They are always dieting to have the perfect body but never satisfied with what they have. This essay seems to be a very persuasive because it provides facts and statistics to back up what she has to say. In the first section of her essay Michele Ingressia writes about how obsessed white girls are with staying thin and how African American teens are in fact satisfied and …show more content…
Then she concludes her essay stating that while the black image of beauty may be saner it can also be unhealthy. Michele Ingressia got a quote from a 15 year old named Muhammad Latif from Harlem who said, “You have to be real fat for me to notice” (450). There was another quote from a sixteen year old who said that he didn’t like the fact that some of them are really skinny that it feels like they’re going to break them. She states an Arizona study that is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that says, “64 percent of the black girls thought it was better to be a little overweight that underweight” (450). She continuously provides evidence of what she is going to talk about. In her conclusion she states that the black image of beauty may be a good way for having self esteem but it is also not healthy and says that they are indeed in real dangers of obesity. Throughout the entire essay she provides countless of information and evidence. She not only has direct quotes from teens but she also has stats and evidence to back up what she has to say about how very differently white girls and black girls view their bodies. It is clearly showed that this essay is not only a really good essay but it is also very

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