Men and women become dissatisfied with their bodies because media commercializes unrealistic bodies. When men and women see what media portrays, they look at themselves and start thinking negatively about their image. Markey and Markey states, “In addition to potentially affecting adolescents and young adults’ development of behaviors aimed at modifying or “improving” one’s attitudes regarding attractiveness, research suggests that the media may affect appearance” (Markey and Markey). Media thinks that women need to fit a certain “mold” to be beautiful. Muscular images shown by the media lead to body dissatisfaction for men.
The media has portrayed the “perfect body image” so successfully, that women’s self-image, self-esteem and even their health is affected. Looking at the media, it’s almost impossible to ignore the many images of thin, beautiful women. In many women’s magazines, nearly every other page is covered with an advertisement that displays a person with the “ideal body”, a slim figure, a happy face, and trendy or chic clothes. Most of the advertisements in magazines try to present models as realistic representations for consumers, particularly women, to compare themselves. Not only do magazines try to portray the “perfect image,” but also television advertisements try to achieve this representation of the perfect body.
People react differently depending on their own traits. Studies have shown that women identify the media as the major source of the perceived social pressure to maintain a thin body image. Male body image suffers as well. When men are exposed to unrealistic male bodies, they can suffer from the same symptoms as females. People should not let the media negatively influence their bodies.
Yes, it might be because they are obese, but many people incorrectly believe that they are overweight, and there are causes of that, which need to be addressed. Teens diet because they are on a quest for the perfect body, but they need to realize is that their perfect body may not match the body they see on the television or in magazines. Any teen who starves herself to become thin is only setting herself up for disaster. Teens just need to try to accept themselves for who they are, and then everyone else will accept them also. They need to realize that it’s not worth their health to go on a quest for the perfect body that has been airbrushed anyway.
Body image is often not an accurate basis of judgment as it usually is a comparison of one’s body to the unrealistic portrayal of ideal image as portrayed in the media. Body image is nearly a universal issue affecting both male and female. Researchers found that 74.4% of normal sized women always thought about their weight and how they could lose weight. Women are not the only ones that view their bodies negatively: 46% of men feel the same way (Brown University). Studies show that social media, peer pressure, and fashion all have great impacts on how men and women view themselves and their efforts to attain the perfect body.
We have young men and women comparing themselves to unrealistic models and images in the media and feeling bad about the way their own bodies look because they somehow don’t measure up. (Dunham, 2011) The struggle for models to be thin has led to models becoming anorexic or bulimic, untimely deaths, and inferiority complexes. Even worse is the fact that they influence a whole generation of young women who look up to these models and think “thin” is how they are supposed to be. They influence what we buy, how we eat and what we wear. Why has this specific group captured our attention so much?
Body image is a hot topic in the media. Unrealistic and unattainable are words that can be used to describe images in the media. Skinny, waif-like women and muscular, Rambo-like men are the idolized body images portrayed. In the media female models keep getting thinner and thinner while men keep getting more muscular. Many say the media and its depictions of the ideal body weight created the problems of low self-esteem, eating disorders, poor body concepts, and sexism through spotlighting unattainable body image icons.
Simply stand in a queue at a shopping centre and you will find yourself surrounded by magazines advertising weight loss plans, fashion, and the best diet to take. The media uses this tool to it’s advantage - the promise of a good life lies with those who have a great body. If you are skinny, tall, and have perfect skin, you’re guaranteed to have a good career, a successful marriage, perfect kids, and the best furniture. Often times, people find themselves striving for the perfect body image which is virtually unattainable. The media has found many ways to implement this ‘perfect’ image, most commonly, photoshop.
(2002) also believe “higher weight and overweight teens are more likely to engage in both binge-eating and unhealthy control than normal weight teens. In fact, 20% of overweight girls and 6% of overweight boys report using laxatives, vomiting, and biuret pills” Obviously, teenagers are lost. They try to lose weight quickly, so they become unhealthy. Teens need to know how to diet healthy and effectively. This paper will address four research questions: 1.
However, the media depict women to be this way. The reality is that research suggests that one in four people with eating disorders are men. Images of Adois-like male models with six-packs and, seemingly flawless professional athletes are shown every as an example of what men are suppose to look like. Girls are forced to look the right way to the point where they 're worth is often equated with their physical beauty. In fact, women experience an average of 13 negative thoughts about their body each day for example, an “I hate my body” thought.