Positive Body Image Essay

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Redefining the Definition of a “***Flawless” Body In today’s day and age positive body image is an important factor to maintain, not only for the physical wellbeing of a person but also because it can determine the mental state and wellbeing of a person. Primarily us women are more subject to maintain and acquiring a “body” that can be acceptable in society. Women are subjected to social injustice on a daily basis about their bodies and what their ideal body should be. Such an “ideal” body can include almost impossible proportions and weight goals. Ideal body proportions, weight and features are demonstrated through media. The desire of an ideal body distorts positive body image and creates a desire to change, especially among young…show more content…
The pressure of to achieve happiness and acceptance through being skinny is enforced through Media and business advertisements all over the world. This can manipulate women to take extreme measures which can lead to eating disorders. A negative body image can lead young woman to extremes. As a result, self-harm, eating disorders and low self-esteem arises. The actions which young woman take to change and become thinner can lead to diseases and mental disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 24 million people are affected by eating disorders, 10 million of which are women. About 50% of people with eating disorders “meet the criteria for depression” (Eating Disorder Statistics). Pilisuk says that “There is also a marketed reality of goods, sales pressures, or demands for competitive success to fill the void of emptiness in people’s lives…” (1). Businesses and Media do not only advertise the “ideal body” but also create products and services to “help” women achieve these ideal proportions and weight. The “void” here that Pilisuk mentions is the desire to be wanted by changing ourselves, or acquiring happiness through an ideal body. Businesses benefit over this feeling of insecurity and desire by creating diet pills and products that are advertised and promised to help us acquire this change in our bodies. Whether it be diet pills, paid programs that help us “lose those extra pounds”, or

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