Anorexia and bulimia are one of the main causes along with the media as to why adolescent girls are always slightly underweight and devastating skinny. If the media didn’t interfere with adolescent perceptions, maybe one half of fourth grade girls wouldn’t be on a diet. Intense fear of becoming fat and distorted body images aren’t the kinds of thing we want our adolescents girls to become. To think about their appearance and weight 24/7 isn’t right. The media should stop publicizing young female bodies and telling them what beauty is perceived to them.
Media has a negative impact on females’ body image by promoting artificial beauty. Women often become dissatisfied with their bodies, which cause them to develop eating disorders. Body image affects a woman’s perceptions and feelings about their physical appearance when looking in the mirror. The media portrays unrealistic beauty of women who are thin with perfect hair and make-up. Many women who expose themselves to the unrealistic standards of the media often idealize, covet, and become very insecure.
With so many women affected by body dissatisfaction and the associated risks being so severe, it is important to discuss and examine possible interventional methods. The sociocultural approach to the issue of body image among women states that women receive harmful and negative cultural messages about their bodies. These messages can come from the media as well as from family and peer influences (Swami, 2015). By promoting the thin ideal for attractiveness, the media contributes to women rating their bodies more negatively and thus increases their likelihood of developing eating disorder symptoms (Spitzer, Henderson & Zivian, 1999). In a meta-analysis studying the effects of media images on female body image, Groesz and Levine (2002) found that women’s body image was significantly more negative after viewing thin media images than after viewing average or plus size models.
How should I look like to have the ideal body? An increasing number of women ask themselves this question many times in their lives. Deborah Sullivan’s essay, “Social Bodies: Tightening the Bonds of Beauty”, discloses the different cultural traditions that require various methods of body modifications. Women should undergo such modifications to obtain social acceptance. Similarly, “Pressures to Conform” by Celia Milne discusses the effects of media and society on women, and how women view their physical appearance.
It will also look at the mental, emotional and physical abuse that women place upon themselves in order to achieve the media’s ideal image and how it is not only hurting the current generation but also future generations to come. Critical Review The first article, “Influence of Mass Media on Body Image and Eating Disordered Attitudes and Behaviors in Females: A Review of Effects and Processes” written by Gemma López-Guimerà, Michael P. Levine, David Sánchez-Carracedo and Jordi Fauquet, focuses on how women perceive themselves after being exposed to the media’s “ideal image”. Women are constantly bombarded with images of thin and beautiful women multiple times a day, and after a while, they start to accept the fact that this is reality (Lopez-Guimera, Levine, Carrac... ... middle of paper ... ...., Gokee-Larose, J., & Thompson, J. K. (2004). Beauty and thinness messages in children’s media: a content analysis. EatingDisorders, 12, 21-34. doi: 10.1080/10640260490267742 Jung, J., & Lennon, S. J.
Some studies show that eating disorders arise from characteristics such as neurobiology, genetics, personality traits, and personal environment. As well as the thought that without the media and their portrayal of perfection, there would still be eating disorders. Though these characteristics may have a hand at eating disorders, media is the cause for extreme bodily dissatisfaction. Images of pin-thin models evoke certain feelings of envy, causing dissatisfaction in ones own figure. 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.
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.
Photos of even the most naturally beautiful models have been distorted and edited through photo shopping technologies with the intention to achieve these unrealistic standards. It is hypothesized that the media negatively influences young women’s perception on body image and that unrealistic images presented through the media has a significant impact on body dissatisfaction of women (Ogden, Smith, Nolan & Moroney, 2011). The next articles in this literature review will attempt to support and verify this hypothesis. Not only are magazine and television models being photo shopped, but average women from the public are also using photo shopping websites and phone applications to retouch any unwan... ... middle of paper ... ...oung women consider a beautiful body figure. This may result in adolescent women taking extreme measures and harming their own bodies to achieve the look that is seen in the media.
Effects of Media on Women’s Body Image In this age, media is more pervasive than ever, with people constantly processing some form of entertainment, advertisement or information. In each of these outlets there exists an idealized standard of beauty, statistically shown to effect the consumer’s reflection of themselves. The common portrayal of women’s bodies in the media has shown to have a negative impact on women and girls. As the audience sees these images, an expectation is made of what is normal. This norm does not correspond to the realistic average of the audience.
Body image for women has always been stressed for them to look a certain way and to try obtain “physical perfec... ... middle of paper ... ...deva, 2012). These results show a small part of the media's effects on the mindset of women. You can perceive yourself as something your are not, because of the things you are exposed to. The mass media plays a large role in shaping a teenage and adolescent girl’s body image. By pushing an ideal body type that is uncommon and untrue to life, girls strive, and struggle to obtain this image.