Negative Body Image of Women in the Media

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Negative Effects on Women Based on Portrayals of Hollywood Women

Today media ranges from television to newspaper articles. Many in society do not realize the negative effects that the media portrays to young women. Young women are more susceptible to these negative side effects resulting in low self-esteem, eating disorders, or depression. Media projects images of women that have been surgically or technologically edited, these projections are causing negative effects. These unrealistic women have a greater effect on young women today, society has enveloped this idea that we have to meet this certain image. We have become so overwhelmed with the stereotypical image causing great disapproval for women who are slightly overweight.
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Barbie was made to be the ideal woman, but if you created a life size doll she would not be proportioned. On TV children are over exposed to commercials showing tall and thin women. Being exposed to these thoughts can lead to young women having major psychological effects in the future. Parental messages about appearance can also lead to problems; this cycle unfortunately starts even as young as newborns. This causes the unrealistic goals of the perfect body image to become focused on too early in life.
How Media Effects Young women are becoming exposed to more appearance driven media, these women are shown numerous Hollywood women that have the ideal body. Current celebrities in Hollywood have the numerous young fans of all ages seeing them throughout the media. Photographs, magazine covers, and television ads display them every day. Celebrities with long legs, perfect hair, bronze skin and an amazing figure Hollywood has created images average Americans cannot meet. Young women often see the positive attention celebrities receive; they start to believe that to get the positive attention they should try to achieve the look. Most of society will never be able to achieve having the body celebrities have causing them to have a lower self-esteem. The music industry has started having a negative effect of women’s self-esteem and body image. Music videos often feature
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