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Topics: Mass media, News media, Web page Pages: 3 (977 words) Published: March 5, 2014
The Media's Influence on Body-Image of Young Women
Ashley Tokaruk

Young people are bombarded with copious numbers of advertisements on a daily basis, many of which unintentionally causing negative body-imagine in naive minds. I am a part of our city's dance community and have seen first hand many mental disorders develop in young people all to attain the 'ideal' body type, often flaunted in advertisements through different forms of media outlets. Watching this sickness occur in girls around me, I began to pick apart the problem more in-depth and ask myself, just how big of an influence is an unrealistic body image seen in the media on girls between the ages of 8 to 18 with a developing eating disorder? The Media Smarts website ( is one of the first websites I came across with loads of information to help me answer my question, and expand my knowledge on the topic.

I found Media Smarts to be a great resource for information because it shares an abundance of sure facts on a broad range of media and how each type influences body-image of females and males individually, provided by a long list of Board of Directors. It is clear that the contents of the site are reviewed and updated quite frequently. Offering links and resources to more information for parents and teachers and how to help children view media without being mentally effected by it is an added bonus to this webpage. The homepage and all linked pages are bright and eye-catching, making it easy and enjoyable to read and navigate from page to page.

The MediaSmarts website is designed to inform people of all ages on the affects of media seen in television shows, movies, video games, magazines and music on male and female youth specifically. While reading through the many pages on the website, I was able to get a grasp on a broad range of factors affected by the media. Some of these include body image, gender representation, diversity in media, intellectual property,...
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