Fat Chance: Why Thin Is in and a Social Problem

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Fat Chance: Why Thin Is In and A Social Problem
SOC Social Problems
Instructor Risa Garelick
September 1, 2013

The social problem topic I have selected for my final paper is picture society and mass media portray beautiful to be, the need to be thin to be beautiful which is message that is sent to an adolescent girl and young women throughout society by magazines, motion pictures, Television, and even in the books we read. From the day we are born society and our environment teaches us who we are and who we will become pertaining to gender and is referred to as gender socialization, with this gender socialization through our parents, peers, teachers, and mass media sending the message that for a person to be beautiful, popular, and accepted they must fit the criteria of extremely thin as depicted in mass media. (Korgen & Furst 2012)

The need to be thin is a social problem due to it is society that sends the message that a young girl must do whatever it takes to be that thin they see in the movies and marketing ads. How do these adolescent girls and young women who are of a healthy size become that thin? These girls and women go on extreme diets, take pills, restrict their food intake till they achieve the thinness they feel makes them beautiful and will be accepted by their peers. What does these extreme measure do to the girls and young women, it generates eating disorders, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as possible health issues. In most cases these psychological disorders and health issues will become the concern of governmental aided programs in an attempt to resolve the issues and concerns. (Lopez-Guimera 2010)

It is through that gender socialization we lose sight of who we truly should be. It deprives an adolescent girl and a young women the ability to accept who they are and the body they have. Not all females are built the same way, some are larger, some are smaller, some have acne, some have full...
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