Thin Is in Essay

891 WordsMay 15, 20134 Pages
Thin Is In Is there a connection between the media and advertisements that lead to anorexia, bulimia and steroid use and obsession with body image? In a society surrounded by a self-obsession with image, it is hard not to care about how you look; advertising has a huge impact on people’s obsessions with looks. It’s no surprise with so many ads out there, they flood our televisions and daily lives, teenagers read magazines daily. Circling images and thinking, I want to look exactly like this. They point to a twig like model in the magazine, whose image is already distorted by photoshop and computer imaging and think exactly I need to be this thin to look good. People try to achieve this “perfect body” when the person in the magazine doesn’t even look like that themselves. Advertising images have also been recently accused of setting unrealistic ideals for males. Men and women are beginning to risk their health to achieve the well-built media standard. Some people argue that there is no connection between media and obsession with body image. Yet more than 50% of 10 year old girls wish they were thinner. Two-thirds of the mostly middle school age boys were taking actions to increase their muscle size; 34.7 percent were drinking protein shakes. Kids are exposed to media daily, without media how would they have idealization of thinness or fitness? There is a constant pressure amongst our generation to be fit, lean, strong and thin. Keeping up with the standards media sets for us and their representation of what is “attractive”. The media daily bombards us what beauty is and they set the goals for us, and those that are younger than us. Some people build an obsession with their image due to the hard goals that the media sets. The media sets the standards and are responsible. Major magazine and article companies have been caught manipulating pictures and distorting

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