Media Effect On Body Image

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The Media's Effect on Body Image “The average fashion model is over six feet tall and weighs well under 120 pounds.[ In actuality] the average American woman is five feet four inches and weighs 140 pounds and that less than 5 percent of all women have the body type they see in magazines” (Persson, 2012). The fact that women compare themselves to a standard of beauty that only 5% of all women actually have is quite shocking. The representation of women in the media has been set to such unreasonable levels that women feel they aren't beautiful if they don't meet those standards. When did beauty become defined by numbers on a scale? By today's standards, beauty is described by a person's physical appeal. The media's role in the representation…show more content…
As a child, young girls saw Disney princesses with unrealistic body proportions, which in turn led them to thinking that to be a princess one would have to be as thin as them. These standards worsened as time went on, and it has had extremely negative effects on developing young girls. Things such as eating disorders have exponentially increased due to the "need" to be skinny. Thousands of girls look into mirrors and only see "flaws" created by the media's definition of beauty. Women should not define their beauty by how their bodies looks, especially when those standards are set at such unrealistic levels. The fact that even today these unreasonable beauty standards still thrive is sad, and their must be change. The only way for change to happen is to change the beauty standards, and show women that they are all beautiful. With the increased access and use of technology over the past decade, the media's representation of beauty through the use of photoshopped images, underweight models, and unrealistic beauty standards, have had an increasingly negative impact on young girls and how they…show more content…
(12) "We observed that the frequency of reading fashion magazines was positively associated with the prevalence of having dieted to lose weight, having gone on a diet because of a magazine article, exercising to lose weight or improve body shape, and deciding to exercise because of a magazine article "(Field, 1999). Despite the fact, young girls exposure to these women have had some beneficial factors to weight concerns. Some girls took these images and made it into positive goals for themselves. (14) "the print media was effective at promoting physical activity as a healthy means of weight control. In fact, more girls reported exercising than dieting to lose weight" (Field 1999). The increase in weight concerns have led to some girls eating healthier, as well as working out to reach their set body goals. (13) "However, aspiring to look like underweight models may have deleterious psycho-logical consequences. The results suggest that the print media aimed at young girls could serve a public health role by refraining from relying on models who are severely underweight and printing more articles on the benefits of physical activity." (Field, 1999) If the media had displayed women in a healthier light, it could have potentially had less negative effects to young girls and their perception. However, it is this concept of

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