Television Gives a Disorted Perception of Beauty

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Television gives a distorted perception of beauty. Every day we see hundreds of advertisements telling us we have to look and act a certain way to be accepted, to be beautiful. Because they send powerful messages about physical perfection everywhere we turn, the media is considered the most influential medium in existence. Research by the Impact of the Media on Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents reveal that, on average, a child or adolescent spends between six and seven hours per day viewing the different types of media. The powerful words in magazines are usually next to pictures of thin, beautiful models and celebrities. Studies by the Body Image and Advertising Association found that over 50% of advertisements in teen girl magazines and 56% of television commercials aimed at female viewers used beauty as a product appeal. Every young girl in the world obsesses over her physical appearance. The beauty ideals have changed over time. For example, by the 1950s, many adolescent girls considered Marilyn Monroe the ideal of beauty. Many wanted to look like her. She was a size twelve. In today’s society, if a young girl is a size 12, she considers it a death sentence. This is because the models that are shown in magazines today are size double zero. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 80% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Young girls are motivated to do extreme diets by the physical ideals they see every day in the media. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as many as 10 out of 100 young women suffer from an eating disorder. Young women want to look like the models they see in the media, but most images are modified with special computer effects, so they have no chance of looking like them. Some young women are willing to go to dangerous extremes to achieve the unrealistic beauty ideal

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