How Does the Media Affect Teenage Girls Perception of Body Image?

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How does the media affect teenage girls perception of body image?

Community and Family Studies
Year 12
Due Date:
6th March 2012

Contents

Title page _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 1 Contents_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 2 Abstract_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 3 Acknowledgements_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 4 Introduction_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 5 Literature Review_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg 6-13 Research Methodology _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg Results _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg Analysis _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg Summary _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg Bibliography _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pg Appendices _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Pg

Abstract
This project was associated with body image and the media. A number of articles have suggested that the media do influence how teenage girls see themselves. The purpose of this report is to determine what the affect of the media has on the perception of body image in teenage girls. It contains the appropriate information and evidence concerning the issue of body image. The report focuses on the role of the media and its responsibilities. It also explores the deadly illnesses of Anorexia – Nervosa and Bulimia – Nervosa. The report also takes into account types of advertisements that the media disclose to society. It is believed that the media are the people that affect teenage girls of today about body image and beauty.

The project consists of a total of 100 surveys. The surveys were handed to teenage girls starting from the age of 13 and the oldest of the girls surveyed were aged 18. The survey consisted of 10 multiple-choice questions. The report consists of 10 literature reviews that were found using the Internet, books and magazines. Through these methodologies and collecting secondary research it has been possible to investigate the question, “How does the media affect teenage girls perception of body image?”

Acknowledgements

Throughout this task there have been a number of sources that have supported and guided me to complete my set report. I would like to thank the following people:

Thank you to all the students of Good Samaritan Catholic College who took time to complete surveys in order for me to complete my report.

Thank you to my teachers Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Tolomeo for their advice and direction throughout the task

Thank you to my mother for her constant encouragement throughout my entire assignment

Thank you to my tutor for her constant supervision and direction throughout the task.

Body of Report
Introduction
[1]Women have always been expected to change their shape to suit the fashion of the day. Today, more than at any other time in history, women are expected to be thin. Over the last decade, the media has affected the perception of teenage girls’ body image to that point that it has now become a major issue. Body image can be referred to as a mental picture of your own physical appearance. Body image could refer to the shape, size and weight of our bodies. It can even come down to the colour of our skin. The teenage girls in today’s society are constantly exposed to pictures of teenage models and celebrities on television, billboards or magazines. The models and celebrities in most of the advertisements are evidently underweight. [2]In fact, today's models generally weigh 23% less then the average woman. By the media publishing photos of underweight models it is emphasising the idea of being thin as being beautiful. The media has a responsibility to know the difference between what is acceptable and unacceptable body image although the media continue to disclose images of these...
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