Body Image and the Media
By Brittany Derr
You can grab any magazine off any shelf in any store, and you will see pictures of girls; all are skinny, barely wearing any clothing, and we all wish we had their bodies. The media today shows girls that to be beautiful they have to be a size “0”. This makes girls feel inferior about themselves; and start dieting at a younger age than ever before. Our society has changed in many ways, and this is one of them. We have a lot more people who are obese, but anorexia and bulimia are growing just as fast, (The Body Image Presented by the Media Promotes Disordered Eating). We sit around and look at magazines, the internet, and TV commercials where all we see are these girls that are skinny and happy looking. Our reaction is that we want to look just like them and should. But in reality, there is no way that we could ever look like they do. We don’t realize that we can never look like someone else does. Teenagers, middle school age and up, have a harder time than most people (What's a girl to do about body Image?). We all remember that awkward stage we went through; where we thought we were fatter and uglier than anyone else. We would stare at models and watch TV and see that our favorite actresses were skinny, and wonder why couldn’t we look like that? It isn’t just magazines that are persuading young girls to diet, but Barbie dolls can also be a cause (Media, Girls, and Eating Disorders: Focusing on appearance alone is not healthy for girls). Take a look at a Barbie doll and you will see that it has big breasts and a tiny frame. Young girls around the world play with these dolls almost every day. Seeing this body shape can be harmful to a little child’s mind. They get this picture in their mind that says, that is how they have to look, and no other way is acceptable. But the truth is, that it is very rare for anyone’s body to look like that.
With all of these influence’s it’s no wonder eating disorders are on the...
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