Body Image and Media

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Media influences have a great impact on body image development. In agreement with Marika Tiggemann, the mass media pervade the everyday lives of people living in Western societies. Today, most fashion magazines and television shows display women that are extremely tall and on the skinny side. Surveys indicate that eighty three percent of fashion magazines are read by women and young girls. The ideal look for many women is displayed as very thin. Advertisement for men is not broadcast as much as it is for women. However, the appropriate body appearance for men is lean and muscular. There have been high reports of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders in women. Why is that? Almost every channel you turn to has an image of an extremely skinny person from commercials, television shows and even music videos. In music videos there is almost always a female dancing in a bikini. You never see a female with a few curves to her body dancing. With that said who would not want to look like the person on television? For an average of seven hours a day, three to four hours are spent watching television. It is almost certain that a person will want to look like someone from the television after such high consumption. Although the media can seem incredibly influencing it can mislead people to negative effects such as low self esteem, social isolation and comparison, and finally psychological disorders within the mind. Is it fair that the female body image appear as thin? Why aren’t all shapes and sizes displayed on the media? A current social standard for the ideal female thinness is almost impossible to achieve by healthy standards. Diets and exercise can help but they take longer and many girls will become impatient. Often times after viewing the media one’s self esteem is lowered. As mentioned earlier, when a woman views the media and then looks back at

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