Magazines Give Off Negative Body Image

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How thin is too thin?
Liz Harten
We see them everywhere we go. While in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, on line in the grocery store, on our coffee tables and in our mailboxes. Magazines will always be around and will always convey the same messages. “Get pretty now”, “How I got thin”, “and 25 new diet secrets”. Are you trying to tell us were ugly and fat? Big shot magazines may not be trying to tell us that but it is the idea the young teenage girls have in their heads. There are so many major women’s magazines out today; all of them have been sporting the same messages for years. In 1984 Glamour magazine put a survey out to women asking them about their body image. The first of its kind it brought back some pretty shocking results. 75% of women thought they were too fat, 60% of women surveyed said they were ashamed or dissatisfied with their stomachs, hips and thighs. We would hope that now over two decades later women would feel differently, we would hope that in 26 years the media could change these results. To test this Glamour did another poll. The same questions. The same sample size. But hopefully different results. Sorry Glamour not so lucky. In 2010 50% percent of women surveyed we unhappy with their bodies. This is just one magazines poll but most experts had predicted these results for Glamour and similar magazines. Unfortunately for most teenagers all of this bad influence comes at you at once. You’re just starting high school and what most girls want is to be accepted. They want to find a group of friends and be accepted by those friends. For advice they go, not to their parents but to their magazines. To a fifteen-year-old that is the bible and if I listen to what is says then I will be accepted. Even if that means dying my hair, losing twenty pounds and buying all new make-up. At least I’ll have friends right? Magazines influence their readers in three main ways. Articles about appearance, here you will find pull out exercises to...
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