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Medias Effect on Body Image

Body Image, Women and The Media How realistic is the media’s presentation of women? Women and men come in all shapes and size, yet constantly the media presents us with only one ‘image’ – a very slender and unrealistic one. Only a small percentage of women actually look that way naturally. We forget when looking at these pictures that the best lighting and photographic equipment, hours with make-up artists and wardrobe assistants have been necessary to make these women look so ‘natural’. What...

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Advantages of Being Fat

the varied and interesting ways we will clog up the health system/die early. Advocating fat acceptance opens oneself up to a never-ending parade of stupid. It’s enough to get a chubster down from time to time. But what rocks about being fat? This body shape that impacts our lives in so many ways can’t be all bad, so what are the advantages? The coolest academic on the block, Dr Samantha Thomas, asked exactly this on twitter. She’s a fat acceptance ally and works in the field of fat studies, but found...

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How Food Affects Society

would cease to exist. The consumption of food is what energizes the human body, gives it the nutrition it needs, and most importantly, keeps the body actively working and living. Unfortunately over the years, numerous changes have taken an effect on food. Those effects have also had an impact on the human body being healthy verses unhealthy. The type of food one chooses to consume is what will determine the stage of health your body will be in. Carole Counihan’s article, “Food Rules in the United States:...

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Pop Culture

Pop Culture A body is our physical structure. It is our flesh and bone. It represents our very being. We have utterly no control over which body we are born into, yet despite this fact, our body has the power to shape the people we become and even the way we perceive ourselves. Body image, as defined by Merriam Webster, is “a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others.” In Western culture, thinness has become highly...

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The Media's Effect on Women's Body Image

The Media's Effect on Women's Body Image September 1, 2010 While women have made significant strides in the past decades, the culture at large continues to place a great emphasis on how women look. These beauty standards, largely proliferated through the media, have drastic impacts on young women and their body images. Arielle Cutler ’11, through a Levitt grant, spent the summer evaluating the efficacy of media literacy programs as a remedy to this vicious cycle. Put simply, the beauty ideal...

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How to Prevent Eating Disorder

variety of issues. One of the best ways to prevent eating disorders in yourself and others is to adopt healthy attitudes and behaviors about body shape and weight. Here are eight tips from the National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) on how to prevent eating disorders. 1. Get rid of the notion that a particular diet, weight or body size will automatically lead to happiness and fulfillment. 2. Learn everything you can about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge...

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Examining the Effects of Popular Children’s Media on Young Girls’ Body Image

girls’ body image Sharon Hayes and Stacey Tantleff-Dunn University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA A study was done to explore the effects of short exposure to appearance-related media on young girls’ body image. Some writings/studies has suggested that girls at the age of 6 and older are experiencing problems with their body, or body dissatisfaction (Dohnt & Tiggemann, 2005). Some researchers are even saying that girls as young as 5 are having problems with their body image. There...

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Strict Parenting Raises Risk of Child Obiesity

They don't know what their body can take; all they know is what their parents make them do. There is no child input therefore everything the child does is based upon the parent. "The child of an authoritarian parent may not be listening to his/her body because all decisions are made by the parent. Being less in tune with your body makes it more difficult to decide exactly how full you are" (MEDICAL NEWS TODAY PAR. 8). Any child that is forced to eat pass what their body can take is eventually going...

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Fast food companies inducing obesity in america

burning as many calories as in the past. This leads fat to build up in the body which causes people to become overweight. For others keeping weight off is very difficult due to diseases and inherited genes. Some Americans have inherited genes that cause their metabolism to work more slowly than others. Since food doesn’t pass through their body quickly they store more calories, fats, and sugars. Hormones can also affect how the body processes calories. Some Americans have diseases such as depression, which...

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Ethos Pathos Logos

white was “better.” Susan McClelland found out that some women bleached their skin in order to look white. This is a big issue because bleaching skin is very hazardous to someone’s health. The author’s point in putting this story in, was to show that body image isn’t just about weight; it can be anything about your physical appearance. The author, also researched and found out that in medieval times, women would fast in order to be skinny. Their alternative to eating was praying. That shocked the author...

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