Media Vs Body Image

1385 Words Jun 15th, 2018 6 Pages
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. Jim Morrison. Since World War II, the media has increasingly advertised a slimmer and thinner body image for the ideal body type. The media has become more influential in our lives, so much that it influences how each person feels about their own image. Studies show that Body image is closely linked to self-esteem. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders. The most common eating disorders in American are Anorexia Nervosa, a serious psychological disorder characterized by a lack or loss of appetite for food and Bulimia Nervosa, illness in which a person binges on food then uses different methods for example vomiting or abusing laxatives to prevent weight gain. Advertising is …show more content…
As many as 20 percent of those who suffer from anorexia will die early from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems. While there are many possible causes and triggers for these disorders, the media’s influence on body image cannot be overlooked. "My problem is the top of my legs and my bottom, which sticks out. I would like a smaller bottom because I find it difficult to fit into some jeans." Harriet’s obsession with her body scares her mother, sadly Harriet is not the only one who faces this problem daily. 40% of girls aged between 6 and 12 want to change their appearance. Don’t you think this is wrong? Kids who should be worried more about spelling words and math problems are being wrapped into the Medias image of a perfect body. Teens are more afraid of gaining weight than they are of cancer, nuclear war, or losing a parent.
When you walk into a store, one of the first things you see are mannequins. Mannequins are shaped to copy the average size of the body. The average hip size of mannequins and people in 1950 were both 34 inches by the 1990’s mannequin sizes were 31 inches and the average body was 37 inches. Researches have also found out that 10 years ago plus size models ranged from sizes 12 to 18. Now most of the plus size models range from sizes 6 to 14. A number of studies have documented the trend of increasing thinness in Playboy centerfolds, Miss America Contestants, and fashion

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