The Entertainment Industry's Standards of Beauty and Impact on Youth

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The Entertainment Industry's Standards of Beauty and Impact on Youth

“Man, I am hungry. But if I eat, I will never be able to look like that celebrity.” These words could come out of a typical teenager’s mouth. If a teenager sees someone on TV, in a movie, or in a magazine that he or she wishes to look like, he or she may try anything necessary to accomplish it. The standards of beauty set by the entertainment industry today are having a negative effect on today’s youth.

Have you ever heard of Calista Flockhart, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jennifer Aniston, or Antonio Sabato Jr.? They are all celebrities that the typical teenager idolizes, but these idolizations are not necessarily a good thing. Unfortunately, they are all
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This could be dangerous for the young girl because the diet may not be safe and the girl could already be too thin. If she tries to lose more weight, she could develop an eating disorder.

The standards of beauty among men have also changed in recent years. As Susan McClelland states in the article “The Lure of the Body Image: In Their Quest for the Beefcake Look, Some Men Try Extreme Measures”, “The idealized male body image nowadays is beefy and muscled” (McClelland 38). This new body image has led to some concerns on how men are treating their bodies. Steroid use has increased drastically in recent years, as has the number of men seeking plastic surgery and the use of performance enhancing supplements. Sales of creatine, a controversial supplement that increases the energy capacity in muscles, have increased 130 per cent since 1997 (McClelland 38).

Many advertisers use buff men to try to sell their products. All of the exposure that buff men get causes many men to think that they need to look that way too. They work out as much as possible, which can be a danger within itself. “One result of working out seriously can be that, no matter how big their muscles get, men start thinking they are still not big enough. It is a phenomenon disturbingly similar to cases of eating disorders among women who believe they are too big, no matter how thin they get”

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