Essay about Eating Disorders - Body Image in the Media

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Body Image in the Media

Plato once said, "We behold beauty in the eye of the mind...." What some people consider beauty others may not. From the actresses that are shown on television, movies, models that are in magazines, and the pop stars that create hip and modern music videos, one could be under the impression that to be beautiful you must thin. Actresses such as Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Michelle Gheller, Clarista Flockheart, Courtney Cox and Debra Messing all have staring roles in their own television shows and are all extremely thin. The audiences of these shows being mostly women and adolescent girls, what kind of message about body image are they sending out?

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Many health problems may arise due to excessive weight. The other extreme, the anorexic look, can be just as unhealthy and just as unattractive. An anorexic individual is malnourished which can put a lot of strain on the heart. Since your body doesn't have fat to help keep warm, it produces more body hair. The emaciated appearance of an anorexic even looks unhealthy with the bags under the eyes, pale facial features and bony appearance.

Hollywood is all about appearances and looking your best. Why is it that Hollywood portrays the image that in order to look your best, you have to be as thin as possible? Let's look at the cast of Friend, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox-Arquette, and Lisa Kudrow. Cox-Arquette, and Aniston, it seemed were almost having a weight loosing competition for the past couple of seasons. They both are beautiful, talented actresses. Their weight on the other hand, is very low. They both are stick figures and they seem to flaunt their perfect bodies on their show. They are always dressed in tight little outfits. On the show, they are shown as being happy and enjoying life. Some viewers who are conscious about their weight may feel the reason why these characters are happy, is because they are thin. Women also need to realize that these characters are just made up and the situations they deal with on the show, they don't deal with in real life. These actresses are real
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