The pageants objectify woman creating a homogenous unachievable model of attractiveness that promotes poor self-image among girls (Beauty Pageants”). Often thin models are suffering from eating disorders of their own and girls are looking up to them as “body goals” which just is not right and can lead to the girls themselves having eating disorders. Models should be a healthy weight, they would still look great and it would have a positive effect of the girls who are looking up to the models. Plastic and cosmetic surgery is another effect media has had, more females are taking the “easier” root and getting surgeries to like the way they look. Girls under eighteen should not get surgery, the risks are too high.
Media depicts women as ultra thin actresses and models, with this came an increase in women's concerns with their bodies. As teens grow up watching these images and depictions of women, they idolize them as something that they want to turn into. “The sexualization of girls and women in the media is a growing concern” said Emma Stydahar “It creates a limiting idea of beauty in our society.”(Nackman) We idolize these women that have been continually photo shopped and done up as if they were dolls. Teen girls are being continually subjected to magazine articles telling them that they should not be happy with themselves and to change their appearance. The media has changed the way women are now seen by both women and men alike.
The extremes that women and young girls place on themselves and their bodies to attain perfection can cause massive s... ... middle of paper ... ...y women and adolescents as they go to tremendous lengths to achieve what the media has defined as beautiful. Though neurobiology, genetics, personality traits, and personal environment may play a role on bodily dissatisfaction and eating disorders, the influence of the media's depiction of perfection has only intensified this growing epidemic. The media, and the distorted images they parade, is causing women and adolescents to become dissatisfied with their bodies, but by educating ourselves and others, we can eliminate bodily dissatisfaction caused by the media. As well as educating ourselves, we should demand the ideals of perfection in mass media to be attainable and naturally beautiful; not digitally altered. We should be able to communicate, effectively, the false conceptions of beauty that the media portrays, thereby igniting feelings of bodily satisfaction.
(Stamford, 30) “It can turn into a competition,” Francesca Carrington Birch, 22, says. (Laurance, 1) These graphic websites are the cause of some young women’s eating disorders because they claim that this is okay, and it is not even as harmful as getting a tattoo. The young girls that are being exposed cannot even comprehend how wrong this is because it’s everywhere on the Internet. The fashion, television, and film industries, and the social media ruin self-image of young women, and since the self-image is linked to body weight, they are the direct influence on eating disorders. These industries must realize what they’ve done and start offering size diversity for models and actors, and stop posting “pro-eating disorder” websites on the internet before even more young women’s lives are destroyed before they’ve practically even began.
Media makes minors believe that in order to fit into society, they must become "thinner" or "prettier". Magazines, articles, and television all coercion teens to be concerned about their body image, but it is not even real. The actors and actresses are photoshopped and modified into an image that is impossible to become. Also, almost 80% of women say that they feel insecure with their own self image due to the images of celebrities and models on television (“Media Influence”). Media has not only had its effect on women, but on men as well.
This image forces us to have self esteem issues.These advertisements are damaging both our mental and physical state of being Many young girls who take extreme measures to live up to the Medias perception of the perfect body type are more likely to develop one of the many body image disorders. The average age a girl starts to diet is eight ("Media and Eating Disorders" 1). When a girl becomes obsessed with dieting and looking better, they can easily become anorexic or bulimic. 79% of teenage girls who vomit are dedicated readers of woman's magazines ("Media and Eating Disorders" 2). The Medias standard of perfection puts stress and pressure on young girls to become skinner.
The majority of runway models are considered to be anorexic. To me, being anorexic does not sound so nice but so many girls aspire to look that that. According to statistics found on the ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) website, 69% of girls in grades 5 to 12 reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. This is crazy because models weight so much less than their ideal weight and if girls are looking up to that, so many girls will be unhealthy and unhappy. Second, the media brainwashes young girls with the wrong definition of sexy.
The weight loss advertising has definitely caused adverse effects on the youngsters and women. The adverse effects are in threefold. They are giving an illusion to women, coercing them into losing weight and providing a wrong means to lose weight. The first adverse effect of weight loss advertising is that it gives an illusion to women that being thin means beauty. The slimming companies recruit many beautiful celebrities to be the spokespersons.
Media’s images of a woman with an almost unrealistic body type don’t help with the issue of eating disorders. Media’s influence also causes women to develop self-esteem issues. Many women lose confidence in the way they look which leads them to think that they aren’t good enough or pretty enough like the women in the pictures in magazines and advertisements. These type of issues from media inhibit women from living a healthy, happy life because they’re always worried about their appearance, body, and style because they don’t look like that girl featured in Teen Vogue, People Magazine, or Cosmopolitan.
Your family ands friends also hate to see you stressed out and depressed. Anorexia is a very serious problem most teens have. Some teens become anorexic because they want to look like all he super models. These days on television all we see is models, that wear a size one saying that if you look like this, then your sure to be beautiful and popular. That just makes girls want to look like that because every where we turn we see clothes that will only look good on skinny people.