Thin is Beautiful Essay

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How many times have you looked in a magazine and envied the models pictured? Have you ever watched a TV show or a movie and wished you looked like one of the stars? Many teenage girls are often targeted by magazines, movies, and TV and are made to believe that “thin is beautiful”. The media has negatively affected teenage girls’ self-image. From sit-coms to magazines, thin, beautiful girls can be spotted, and this can cause a girl to feel that she is not thin enough to be accepted by society.
Many shows on TV can cause a teenage girl’s self-image to be a very negative one; that she is too fat. Sit-coms are examples of this. On the hit TV show “Friends”, there are three thin, beautiful girls starring in it, who wear skimpy, stylish
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From the singers, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, to the back up dancers prancing around in thongs and tiny bathing suits. They sing about how sexy the girls are that have smooth, silky skin and thin, muscular, nearly fat-less bodies. If a girl is subjected to this enough, she will want to have that body, and if she does not, will feel badly about herself and may go to the extremes to have it, with bulimia or anorexia. Diet ads, shaving commercials, and exercise programs are also seen all over the TV in infomercials and commercials. “Thin is beautiful” is the message that it preaches. Thin is not always beautiful. Healthy is what is truly beautiful.
In teen-movies, all of the girl characters are thin and popular and it is very hard to find one that is a “nerd” or “fat”. In the movie She’s All That, the plot is the most popular boy in the school must transform one of the biggest nerds into the most popular girl. The art student with the glasses is the one labeled as a “nerd”, and this could hurt any student who falls into this category. This could be the foundation of a poor self-image and self-doubt. In other movies like Cruel Intentions, Boys and Girls, and Forty Days and Forty Nights, many naked, thin women are seen throughout. Any teenage girl who is struggling with her self-image in a world of super models and diet fads is prone to make herself look more like the girls she sees in these movies in a potentially

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