Negative Effects Of Body Image

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If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be? Ninety percent of fifteen to seventeen year old girls want to change one aspect of their physical appearance-body weight ranking the highest (Eating Disorders and Media Influence). Body image is defined as the way a person feels about his or her body. Many things can play a part in determining that viewpoint such as media and the surrounding environment. Women are bombarded with a constant stream of social networks and media paraphernalia telling them how to look and how to act. They then develop a socially based view on their appearance rather than an individually based one. While displaying some good qualities, media has an overall negative impact on women by creating problems such as a desire for conformity, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction.
Media has a heavy influence on women’s perception of themselves and conforming to the world has grown into a normal occurrence. Girls want to be deemed beautiful by society so badly that they will conform to any idea presented by the media (Piercy). Technology has made it near impossible to avoid images of stick thin models and advertisements on getting thin quick. Media has made women conform to their idea of the perfect body and the perfect weight. Magazines are read by millions of women every day, and they do not portray real images of models. They are air-brushed, photo shopped, and computer generated versions of those women (Eating Disorders and Media Influence). Cheri K. Erdman expresses, “Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images.” Magazine articles on having the best hair and the best skin conform women’s minds to the idea that being “perfect” is their only option. “Does...

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... on these components, media distorts women’s perspectives of their body to immeasurable dimensions. Media has taken over the lives of young women, forcing them to be engrossed with knowing the latest fad and looking like the hottest celebs. It is near impossible to go a day without being affected by some form of media. Women are constantly being reminded that “skinny” is good, “fat” is bad, and unhealthy is the new beautiful. Media has given the title of the ideal woman to an unrealistic ensemble of human body parts. Amy Bloom says, “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” Being deemed beautiful by everyone is a long ride on the road to a dead end. Nobody is perfect, and true beauty is not just skin deep. It is a state of mind, not a state of your body. Redefine the standard of beauty. Be you and the world will love you for it.

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