The Media 's Influence On Girl 's Self Image

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Body image has become a huge issue in society today, with magazines such as Shape, Covergirl, Vogue, Seventeen, or celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, or Kylie Jenner. Women, especially teenagers, find themselves thinking that they have to look like the model they saw in a magazine, or on social media. The media is greatly responsible for the growing of the “ideal” thin women. Statistics show that diet and weight control advertisement appear ten times more in women’s magazines than men. Showing thin models next to them which leads girls to eating disorders, harming their bodies so they have an “ideal” image of what they think they should look like. Although social media, and celebrities have a huge impact on girl’s self image, there are also many other aspects that can affect why an eating disorder begins: low self esteem, feelings of lack of control in life, depression, anxiety, anger, stress, loneliness, troubled personal relationships, difficulty expressing emotions and feelings, being teased based on weight, history of physical or sexual abuse, and of course cultural pressures that glorify “thinness” or “perfect bodies.” It could also be a genetic issue, certain people may have genes that increase their risk of having an eating disorder.

There are three different types of eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating nervosa. Anorexia nervosa consist of a fear of gaining weight, people with anorexia will go

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