This nearly impossible beauty standard is reflected and enforced by advertisements showing emaciated models selling products to smooth out bumps, reduce wrinkles, or tone the body. The media’s depiction of female bodies has a detrimental influence on women’s perception of themselves and has come under fire in recent years. Girls growing up in our media soaked culture internalize society’s ever-thinning standard of beauty, believing that they can never be slender enough. The negative effect of the media has been linked to the spread of eating disorders (“Never Just Pictures”, Thompson). This has led to a public outcry against impossibly thin, airbrushed models and a demand for more honest advertising.
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.
This is because the fashion industry largely influence what is beautiful in society. Through history the image of beauty has changed thousands of times and it wasn’t really until the latter half of the 20th century that thin was in. In the 1960’s Twiggy, an ultra-thin model rose to fame in the fashion world and ultimately changed western view on bodies (Introduction to Anorexia: At Issue). Models were now thinner than ever. Suddenly there was extreme pressure on women to be thin, to look like the models in magazines which is difficult for many people to achieve.
Media has discovered how to make more money through the degrading of women. As the ideal body is set and commercialized through numerous mediums of media, women of different shapes feel discouraged about themselves. They get the mindset that beauty is exactly ... ... middle of paper ... ...As money is wasted, women run into financial difficulties. Moreover, women go to extreme measures to lose weight in order to change their body causing physical complications. Furthermore, eventually women face mental concerns as self worth is lost and mental health issues is gained.
Consequently, the media, and the distorted images they parade, is causing women and adolescents to become dissatisfied with their bodies. Women and adolescents girls are spending endless time and money, desperately, to get this look that the media has portrayed to be perfect. However, not only is the media using advanced technology to distort the images we see, they are also distorting our minds which is causing bodily dissatisfaction. The extent that women and adolescent girls place on themselves and their bodies to attain perfection can cause massive stress and can be a risk to health. Some studies show that eating disorders arise from characteristics such as neurobiology, genetics, personality traits, and personal environment.
For these reasons, the connection between media and body image is very important because low body image will lead to eating disorders and potentially death. Many women are very sensitive about the way they look, which makes them depend on media products more. The media culture sends mixed messages about what is sexy, which causes women to face similar unrealistic expectations when exposed to media images. Some mes... ... middle of paper ... ...hat is unrealistic and unattainable for a majority of women in society. Models shown in all forms of popular media are often under what is considered healthy body weight, which sends a powerful message that women must sacrifice their health to be considered attractive by societal standards.
Two of the many effects of media on females are depression and self esteem issues, as well as eating disorders. Unfortunately, body dissatisfaction caused by media is becoming more and more common. In today’s society, media is a part of everyone’s lives, whether people want it to be or not. One of the most openly disliked components of the media is the thin, ideal, hour-glass figure that is virtually unattainable. This ideal body is becoming “increasingly unrealistic for most women to achieve by healthy means” (Tiggemann).
The first and most common influential cause of women turning to eating disorders is when women look at the beautiful people and begin to compare themselves to society’s entertainment business. Television and magazines are two of the most powerful methods of communication entire society. Women's magazines contain many more advertisements prompting weight loss than men. There was rise in eating disorders and advertisements promoting weight loss in in women's magazines body image has certainly changed over the decades. The media keeps dispensing images, but they don't realize the negative effects its causes on women and girls.
With so much time spent on media influenced activities, and the constant exposure to unhealthy models, it is no surprise that women are being influenced. Most female fashions models wear a size two or four, while the average American wears a size twelve or fourteen (Mirror-Mirror).When advertisements manipulate the photos of their models, it alters the way that women view themselves. Advertisers should not be allowed to promote unhealthy body images because it leads to an increase in self-consciousness, eating disorders, and suicide. The media's emphasis on having a flawless body, or face is starting to influence girls at a very young age. When given a unrealistically thin doll, such as Barbie to play with, girls ages five to seven said that they wished to be thinner (Swinson).