Glossy Images Of Tall Attractive

1344 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
Glossy images of tall, attractive, yet excessively thin models infiltrate magazines for women in America. In fact, the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault, or Stalking research reports that “Twenty years ago the average model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman, but today’s models weight is 23 percent less than the average woman” (“How the Media Portrays Women”). American society is sending a clear message that beauty equals skinny. This American obsession to be “thin” is being unequivocally accepted by American females and capitalized on by the diet industry. The result is a society obsessed with dieting; ironically, the evidence proves that these diets actually have the adverse effect and instead are making Americans fat. Somehow, Americans have confused the notion of a “diet” with “dieting.” A diet refers to the “customary and kind of food and drink taken by a person from day to day; more narrowly, a diet planned to meet specific requirements of the individual, including or excluding certain foods” (Diet). A healthy diet focuses more on the types of food individuals eat in an effort to ensure proper nutrition. On the contrary, dieting typically involves specific behaviors which target weight loss with little consideration to nutritional factors. It focuses more on the act of cutting calories for the sake of losing weight rather than for health benefits. In a 2013 poll conducted by Abigail Saguy the author of “Why we Diet,” “more than three-fourths of the 231…
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