Ideal Body Image Essay

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The media’s depiction of the perfect female body image is appalling. It is the largest contributor for many adolescent female’s dissatisfaction with their bodies. At an early age, girls are introduced to perfect body ideals; from the advent of Barbie dolls to the launch of a wide variety of Disney Princess movies, they are exposed to unrealistic portrayal of the perfect female body. Young girls are very impressionable therefore they are more susceptible to the idealistic image of a size zero waistline. The means by which these young girls try to achieve the glorious size zero waist can lead them to dangerous life styles. The media should have realistic body images for women because the images they circulate do physical and psychological…show more content…

Since the media is ubiquitous, adolescents are exposed to continuous images of thin bodies. Because young girls are being exposed to such unrealistic body image, they often times develop eating disorders. Classic eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are being diagnosed at younger age…and with higher frequency (qtd. in Derenne, et al). In an article by Kasey L. Serdar, she explains that, “Mass media's use of such unrealistic models sends an implicit message that in order for a woman to be considered beautiful, she must be unhealthy.” Young girls often take drastic measures to try to emulate these models. These girls are unaware of the numerous editing that magazines and advertising companies do before publishing pictures of these ‘perfect’ models and the drastic measure supermodels take to remain thin. An example of this can be shown in an article by Liz Neporent, where she tells of supermodels eating cotton balls to supplement food.
“The diet…involves gobbling up to five cotton balls dipped in orange juice, lemonade or a smoothie in one sitting. The idea is to feel full without gaining weight. Some dieters chow down on the fluffy fillers before a meal to limit their food intake, while others subsist on cotton balls exclusively.”(Dangerous Diet Trend.)
Dr. Ovidio Bermudez went on to explain that, “downing synthetic cotton balls is similar to eating cloth, or even buttons or coins. Beyond the risk of choking and

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In contemporary times, the influence of the media on all aspects of culture and society has spread everywhere. This is especially the case in United States. One of the social cultural aspects particularly influenced by the media is body image. A surprisingly large number of individuals, the majority of which are young women, develop their body image in accordance with the ideas advanced by the media, which judge women’s attractiveness based on how thin they are.
Body-image plays a very important role in our individualistic society, in which a woman’s identity is closely related to her body. Because of the great emphasis on body slimness, the currents of social thought suggest that self-esteem, material success, and desirable personality…show more content…

They see commercial that promotes being thin, which makes them go to extreme measures to do so. They feel that they are not good enough or beautiful enough to be physically attractive. They might think that they are too fat, which they then try doing anything to achieve that goal. For example, they try throwing up and force themselves to not eat to be slim, which in their mind think that is to be attractive; that action could lead to diseases known as anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia and bulimia are serious eating disorders that many women in America suffer. With these diseases, women become very skeletal, and that is not good for their health. Diet programs on magazines are a solution which one sees a perfect well fit and hot woman. They emphasize body weight, size, and appearance. These women also try to make their bodies to become acceptable by getting implants to make their body perfect. The TV show “American’s Next Top Model “shows the female model and they present themselves to the audience. This shows that models are a role model to the viewer in trying to become like them. The media heavily influence the social standards of female beauty. Magazines reveal young and extremely thin women. This holds true in most other forms of visual media, including magazines, film, television, and even children’s television. By presenting the ideal woman as a thin, long-legged one, the media had played a major role in

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