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We live in a world filled with media. We see or use media on a daily basis. Such media would contain television, radio, news, and commercial advertising, etc. People are bombarded by media all the time and it tends to be an influence on individuals. One of the most talked about influences, is media effecting body image. Media normally shows very thin women and attractive women. According to White, Brown, and Ginsburg (1999), the media tends to use unrealistically thin women. Larger women tend to be left out of commercials, or do not appear as pretty as thin women. When women are watching T.V. for instance and see thin women, they think that they should be thin to fit in. They feel as if they are not good enough and they may feel that they are bigger than they appear. This can tear down a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. It can also to lead to health problems such as eating disorders, working out excessively, and even using supplements to help with weight lost. (Do you know this or is this part of the reference above?) Women in general want to feel pretty, thin, and have self-confidence. With all the pressure from media, this can lead to further problems. According to Harrison and Cantor (1997), woman may start to diet to extremes and develop eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa or binge eating. Developing an eating disorder can be very detrimental to one’s health. When someone is diagnosed with an eating disorder it is very hard for them to accept that they have a problem. This makes the recovery process very difficult. Sometimes people may never recover and this can lead to death. Woman may also start to use supplements to help lose weight and these can be unhealthy. According to Gentile and Walsh (1999), through researc... ... middle of paper ... ... act as a motivator for woman in this instance. Media contributes to a woman’s body image more negatively than it does positively. The media is always going to be around. There will always be that one person that is influenced by the media negatively. Media has grown so much and it has become one of the biggest causes as to why women have such a problem maintaining a healthy weight. It is important not to get caught up in the commercials, ads, emails, radio ads and even the news. In the long run, one’s health could be damaged further more than it would have been, had one not been influenced by thin women found in media. As people are educated on the benefits of being healthy and as the focus is moved more toward health and wellness as opposed to an emphasis on body image, women may be less susceptible to those ads that create a desire to have a certain image.
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