How Media Images Promote Body Dissatisfaction

1364 WordsJun 18, 20186 Pages
Many people in modern culture have developed what has been termed a normative discontent with their bodies. Women are particularly vulnerable to this development of body dissatisfaction, which has been shown to create numerous negative heath issues. These health issues are a direct result from trying to achieve the unrealistic ideal image that media has created. This idea on how the body should look floods modern media and women are discriminated upon if they are unable to meet these strict physical requirements. However, unknown to the masses, the majority of the physical characteristics portrayed are achieved from digital enhancement and not only the product of weight loss. It is my goal within this paper to discuss the population is…show more content…
Body image also stems from cultural messages. For example, in Polynesian culture, bigger once meant being healthier and stronger. In a landmark 1998 study of girls in Fiji, Harvard researchers demonstrated how the introduction of television contributed to dramatic increases in eating disorders over a three-year period. In a culture that once valued a healthy, robust physique, girls began viewing themselves as fat, going on diets and feeling depressed about the way they looked. After three years, 74 percent of Fijian teenage girls described themselves as too fat. Those who watched TV three or more nights a week were 30 percent more likely to go on a diet than their peers who watched less TV. Pressure to fit in As a society, we are constantly trying to better fit into the mold media has created that has successfully removed individuality and uniqueness from our world. College Two studies and results found However, this trend has been created though false representations of the human physique that developed an unattainable depiction of what the human body should look like. Many studies tend to focus on the overall effect media have played on the creation of body image issues. Negative body has been thought by many to only be a significant problem in western cultures but it is now becoming an epidemic in many European counties such as the UK. Dissatisfaction and eating disorders levels have been believed to mirror that such as
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