Cultural Pressure to Be Thin

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Sociology/SS310
Cultural pressures to be thin
Have you ever taken a second to compare the size of men and women today to the sizes years ago? Recently there is a huge new trend of becoming as thin and fit as possible and thinking this how one becomes beautiful. No one actually knows where this idea has emerged from. In the past big has been known as being healthy and beautiful. Take for instance Marilyn Monroe, she was the pin up girl for many men and wasn’t exactly thin to today’s standards. Today’s celebrities wear sizes 0-2 and are the supposed poster girls of what beautiful looks like. There are many factors that are causing people young and old to get caught up in the new health and fitness craze. One of these factors affect almost everyone in the media. Celebrities are setting the standard for the new thin trend.

In Hollywood the pressures for actresses to get and stay thin is the source of a shocking and alarming trend. Females, especially celebrities, have become tinier and skinnier then ever. The look of being “skinny” has changed from being simply health conscious to a dangerous obsession. This sudden obsession with thinness hasn’t always been around as said by Sandy Szwarc, “ At no time in history have women been so pressured to be thin” (Dying to).

This new fad started in the late 90’s out of nowhere. In the past, big full bodied women were considered beautiful while in these days, the public is influenced by the media and Strive to become as thin and fit as possible. Calista Flockhart and Lara Flynn Boyle were the first of many celebrities to take thinness obsession to the new extreme. This new fixation has set the bar higher than ever, and in turn, created a dark side of “fitness”. Our culture is swept up in a web of peculiar and distorted beliefs about beauty, health, eating and appetite. We have elevated the pursuit of lean, fat-free body into a new religion. People are beginning To live their lives around being as thin and fit...
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