In addition, they are losing their self-esteems, because they believe that they must look more beautiful, sexier, and more fashionable. Most females are aware of society’s emphasis on the importance of appearance, while knowing the social standards of beauty. Those females are strong-minded individuals who reject current standards and have a positive body image.
Media has not only had its effect on women, but on men as well. While women are struggling to overcome their insecurities with their self image, the opposite gender a... ... middle of paper ... ...arted gaining weight and became low self-esteemed. Celeste read magazines that told her how she should look and what the "perfect body shape" is. She continuously lost weight because she believed that she had to.This is the influence media has on girls today. (Conway “Chapter 3: the impossible goal”) Media’s impact on our society today has become an overwhelming issue to people and has caused many negative consequences.
Media fuels this unrealistic image and convinces women that in order to be accepted and considered beautiful, you better be fat-less, have silky hair and a flawless complexion. Unrealistic media images of women are so prevalent that it seems that females who fulfill such a standard are more the norm than the exception. The Cultivation theory argues that images that portray women who match the sociocultural ideal of beauty are extremely prevalent in pop... ... middle of paper ... ...ded) to possess society’s sick vision of beauty. Due to the portrayal of specific beauty standards in the media, women have re-imagined true beauty, causing drastic impacts that affect the lives of women both physically and psychologically. In order to reach the societal standard of this “ideal body”, women of all ages go to drastic measures to achieve it (extreme dieting and plastic surgery).
What is one of the most serious problems for children in North America today? These days, many people suffer from obesity in North America and, it causes problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and early mortality. A lot of people think that obesity is a problem only for adults, but now obesity has become one of the most serious problems for children in North America. Childhood obesity occurs when children are overweight and this is measured by body mass index (BMI). Obese children tend to be unhappy because they often have bad health, bad social relationships, and low self-confidence.
One out of every three Americans face obesity and it’s caused mainly by the unhealthy foods that people consume daily. In fast foods, there are high levels of sugar and fat, which are the main causes of obesity. From these fats and sugars, calories are taken in and when they aren’t burned off, it is stored as extra fat, causing many to be overweight. Obesity is also the beginning of many other diseases and health problems. One would be type 2 diabetes.
Even many years ago “privileged women were encouraged to adopt a delicate, thin and fragile appearance” (189 Women’s Voices). Even though these women were in the highest class they were still not equal to their male counter parts. They had to appear fragile and delicate to make the man look even more superior and in charge. The way the women looked then still had effect on their equality with men. The industries, like cosmetics and fashion, which help women change their appearance are mostly ran be men.
Now when we see an overweight woman we tend to stereotype them as "lazy" and "sloppy" and we equate slenderness with being successful and attractive to men (Michael Levine, 1987). You can see how drastic these changes have become over time by looking at the facts. Even in the 19th century women were self-conscience of their bodies, but they were worried about different body parts than women today. Back then women were worried about their hands and feet being too large. Fearing that people would identify them as the working class.
With the world con... ... middle of paper ... ... type can have damaging effects on children and young adults, many of which make themselves sick either by starving their bodies or making themselves vomit. These body image issues that are seen in todays society can have both permanent physical and psychological effects that these people will carry with them for the rest of their lives. There are many factors that contribute to body image BODY IMAGE 11 issues but some main ones are, the growing trends of having the best body type, and those in fashion, and another key issue is the way race is seen in accordance to beauty, all of which negatively impact society and the views of what constitutes one being beautiful.People as a society need to realize what damaging effects they are having on young generations and those growing up thinking they need to meet certain standards in order to considered beautiful.
Women’s magazines promote weight loss, dieting and exercise much more than it is prooted in men’s magazines (Guillen & Barr, 1994). Many believe that mostly only adolescents have eating disorders but this is not true. People in midlife also suffer from eating disorders, the longer eating disorders are left untreated they can cause very harmful effects. In conclusion we se how body image, although it may sem like a minor thing can greatly affect individuals. Whether it is in a positive or negative way body image always plays a rol in an individuals life and everyone is affected by it in different ways.
One of the most important skills that a women has to learn, “to fit in with society,” is how to dress and put make-up on. If a woman is looked at and thought of as too boring in appearance she will have a much harder time making friends and finding a sexual partner. Even going as far as finding a job, women have to be conscientious of the way they look and present themselves. A recent study, “designed and executed by researchers at Harvard University, Boston University, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute found that women wearing more make-up were judged to be more competent than those wearing less or no make-up (career intelligence).” In addition to the latter, elements that affect how women are perceived by others, those same elements deeply effect how women, especially younger women, view themselves. The way women are “supposed to look” are “presentenced in almost all forms of popular media.” Most of the images portrayed in the media are setting unrealistic standards of what the “ideal body” looks like (Westminster).