Media and Body Image

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Ever wonder why more and more teenagers are having issues with their body image? As society grows, more and more young adults are becoming self-conscious about their bodies and how they look. Girls and boys alike are taught, though not verbally how they should look, from celebrities they see on TV to toys they used to play with and magazines they read on a daily basis. Media make being satisfied with how your body looks extremely difficult and it is getting out of hand. More and more young adults are developing eating disorders because they strive for the perfect body. What is body image? Body image is how a person sees themselves, how they think others perceive them and how they feel in their body. Though how a person sees themselves may not be how other people see them. Body image goes hand in hand with self-esteem though they are not the same thing. Self- esteem is having respect for yourself, and being confident in your abilities (Merriam-Webster, 1). A person would assume that there is no way for children to have issues with body image but, it is something that is completely possible. For young girls this comes in the form of Barbie, while for young boys it comes in the form of G.I Joe. Both toy have unrealistic body proportions if they were to be real humans. The way that Barbie and G.I Joe are portrayed make children want to be them and that is extremely unhealthy. Galia Slayen a Hamilton college student attempted to build a life size Barbie doll. She discovered

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