Persuasive Essay On Body Image

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Throughout the years, the definition of beauty is constantly changing. In today’s society many children are told to be “true to themselves”, “unique”, “who they are”, etc. On the other hand social media, and the celebrities on there, are a constant reminder that there is a certain type of “beautiful.” The juxtaposition of being yourself and being what is “beautiful” has consistent grey areas and blurred lines making it almost impossible to keep up with is acceptable. The media, whether intentional or not, portrays a certain body image that you have to be to qualify as beautiful. What is body image? From Sophia Greene’s “Body Image: Perceptions, Interpretations, and Attitudes”, body image is “the mental picture we have in our minds of the size,…show more content…
Whether it’s your phone, your television, or your magazines, it’s a constant thing in one’s life. The media is designed to reach large markets through the use of technology. The media uses stereotypes to market and portray what a "perfect" body should look like. Often times when women are shown in the media they are unrealistically thin, and have airbrushed skin. The same could be said for men, but with big muscles and washboard abs. The media gives off the idea that these bodies are normal when in reality it can be somewhat unrealistic. This can be damaging to a teen’s self image because they have a certain expectation of themselves without being able to attain it. In 2003, Teen Magazine reported that 35 percent of girls 6 to 12 years old have been on at least one diet, and that 50 to 70 percent of normal weight girls believe they are overweight. Boys may also feel pressured to do things such as weight training and steroids to achieve that “perfect”…show more content…
According to Maggie Shiffrar, Ph.D., body dissatisfaction is defined as “a negative subjective evaluation of the weight and shape of one's own body.” Body dissatisfaction develops in both men and women. In an article written by Christopher J Ferguson, women experience more dissatisfaction with their bodies than men. Men suffer from muscular dissatisfaction, whereas women suffer from weight dissatisfaction. This article deems the media as one of the explanations for why this occurs. Women who already suffer from body dissatisfaction are more likely to experience negative outcomes when exposed to the models in fashion
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