Determination for the Ideal Figure

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Emily Mayle
English 12/101
December 7, 2012
Determination for the Ideal Figure
The desire for the ideal figure starts from such a young age in people in today’s society. Young teens believe that in order to be happy, beautiful, and successful their body must be thin. The media puts an emphasis on the body figure most models have and the body that would be considered as ‘in.’ The value society has on this figure leads many teens to anorexia, bulimia, and depression. The emphasis and power the media has on this is dangerous to teens.

Most models seen in the media are underweight and sickly looking, but for some reason that is what teens seem to want to look like. The ideal figure most models portray to the public is a scrawny figure, which the person rarely has much body fat. The body type is looked upon as a “nothing but skin and bones” figure. Magazine covers are always making front page models a beautiful, skinny girl who is happy. The media misleads the people to think that having a little meat on your bones means you cannot be genuinely happy by portraying this. In a sense it leads to a corrupt society who judges based upon the weight of someone rather than who they truly are. Such signification emphasis on these people with the figure society today is searching for causes many teens to become anorexic or bulimic. Anorexia and bulimia happen to be two of the major issues dealing with the ideal figure. These two conditions are considered the quickest ways to lose mass amounts of weight. Both teens and models will go through starving themselves and constantly vomit up what they just ate to obtain this unattainable figure. Most do not realize how many touch ups and special effects have been done to these images.

When failing to obtain this figure or in the process of trying to reach this figure, many teens will fall into depression for multiple reasons. In today’s society people are judged mostly upon their weight. Since people are not considered thin,...
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