Media Influence on Body Image Essay

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Media Influence on Body Image

Media Influence on Body Image
Everyone has a different view of what is beautiful. Why then can we not transfer that to how we view ourselves? Why can we not be happy with how we look? The simple answer is the media. They show images to millions of people of what they think beauty is. Those images affect society and they view themselves about how they look. Most of these images are unrealistic, and send unhealthy expectations to women on how they should look. This causes body images to be skewed. Which in turn causes women to spend more money to make themselves look like what they think is normal. In severe cases it can cause eating disorders.
Before I start let me explain what i body image is and how is
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Luckily, she still eats well and I do not have to worry about an eating disorder.
Negative body images play a big factor in eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. Out of a population of over 311 million Americans, about seven to ten million women and one million men have an eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect anyone; it knows no race, age, religion, or social standing. What makes it worse is there are pro anorexia and pro bulimia websites available, Google pro ana or pro mia. These websites offer tips and tricks on how to make it easier to purge and how to beat the hunger. One website said to drink water because it fills you up and is easy to purge. They also give tips on how to hide the disorder. These sites make it sound as if these disorders are a lifestyle choice and they are perfectly natural. They make is sound easy and just like a diet.
The ideal body size has changed over time as well. Twenty years ago fashion models were sizes eight to twelve. Now the average dress size for a model is between 00 and four. The average dress size for a typical American female is twelve to sixteen. However, it is not just weight that these images have an impact on.
Height, hair color and skin tone are also some things that take a hit due to images that define beauty. The average height of a female model is between 5’8” and 6’0”, while the average American female is
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