The Effect Of Media On Women's Body Image

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On November 16, 2015, Dr. Anna Rogers, Professor for English 393 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, formally asked her students to do research on a topic of their choice and create a recommendation report on that. I chose to conduct my research on how the role of media affects how women perceive body image. I was interested in knowing the ways in which the media influenced the ways in which they perceive themselves and their beauty. In order to perform my research, I conducted surveys of female students ranging from ages 18-28, carried out experimental research on them to test whether they feel worse about their bodies after being exposed to thin media models than after being exposed to other types of images as well as conducting secondary research from articles, books, and magazines. After conducting this research, I found that the media really has a stronghold effect on how women define beauty and body image. About half of the students acknowledged comparing their appearance to the appearance of people in magazines. In addition to that, more than half of the students acknowledged feeling pressure from society and the media to have a perfect body. Over 60 percent of the students acknowledged thinking of wanting to get some sort of plastic surgery done to enhance or adjust “problem areas”. I recommend that parents should try to build a strong foundation of self-esteem and self-identity in their children at a very young age in order to in build positive
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