The Media's Influence on Body Image

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The Media’s Influence on Body Image Everybody is born to be different. Therefore shouldn’t we all have a different perspective on what is “beautiful”? Our body is what makes us who we are and a person different from everyone else. At one point or another, we have all looked in the mirror and wish to change the way we look. Why can’t we be happy with the way we look? Many believe that the media is to blame. Unattainable ideals of beauty presented in the media are creating problems in society. The messages that media sends out to viewers are setting unrealistic standards for both men and women; this is causing emotional and physical problems for people. To help end this problem, advertisers and the fashion industry should make an effort to present models, a healthy weight, but parents should teach their children to criticize the media. These insecurities are creating serious problems for millions of people across the nation struggle with an unhealthy body image. each day. In one point or another in somebody’s life they have been exposed to Photoshop, digital alteration, image manipulation. And whether we know it or not, the media exposes us to so many images that are “perfected” with the help of technology. Most of the pictures we view in the media of these perfect people are either use of models and actresses that are underweight or close to it, or by making the models and actresses fit their idea of ideal thinness and beauty through digital manipulation. But do we really understand how serious this issue is? These photos are changed to fit unrealistic ideals. These unrealistic ideals that we see are so hard to maintain and achieve, causing problems all across the world. Why does the media continuously send out these unhealthy st... ... middle of paper ... ...oroso, Allison.) Unfortunately the media will keep portraying these images. These problems have been going on for years now. The belief that "thin is beautiful" is pervasive in our culture. In a world where media images fuel unrealistic expectations about how we should look – and dissatisfaction if we fail to attain, it is essential that both girls and boys should be taught the media literacy skills they need to critically engage with media representations of male and female bodies. If not, the problems linked to body dissatisfaction are going to still continue. The media education can play in changing these representations. Media is everywhere. We can’t ignore the media, but we can use tools to understand what’s real. One’s body is what makes us who we are, inside and out. We were put on this earth to be different. Be who you are, not who the media wants you to be.
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