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Body Image Presentation

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Tamara Blagojevic

on 12 December 2012

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Influence, relevance, gender stereotypes... Social Issues-Body Image An understanding of body image... Facts and Stats Analysis Expectations from a young age Toys that children play with have a huge impact on their perception of what their body looks like.
example, Barbie

-On average young girls in Canada own 7 Barbie dolls Body image by definition noun
1.an intellectual or idealized image of what one's body is or should be like that is sometimes misconceived in such mental disorders as anorexia nervosa.

2.a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others

..... What is your ideal body image?
...What do you look for in a partner? What do you strive to look like or feel is expected of your gender? -as a class we will create the "ideal" and and woman on SIMS. Prominent Influences Global Case Study Example

- range of views on body image, different people find different things attractive

-can be a personal preference

-often changes within different societies and cultures

Some countries consider fat on a woman to be sexy. 3.Body image is a person’s mental opinion or
description of his or her own physical appearance. It also involves the reactions of others toward that person’s physical body based on what is perceived by that person. The concept of body image slowly develops

What psychological development theory might contribute to the explaining the third definition of body image? A closer look at the impact of culture on body image expectations.

"In fact, being a fat woman in Mauritania is so desirable that parents go out of their way to fatten up their daughters, doing things that border on torture, like making girls as young as 5 and as old as 19 drink up to five gallons of fat-rich camel's or cow's milk daily, aiming for silvery stretch marks on their upper arms. If a girl refused or vomited, the village weight-gain specialist might squeeze her foot between sticks, pull her ear, pinch her inner thigh, bend her finger backward or force her to drink her own vomit. In extreme cases, girls died.

It's hard for us living in a society where the accent is almost too much on being slim, to understand why any culture would go so far in the opposite direction. But now, Mauritanian officials are finally looking at this from a health viewpoint, realizing that way too many Mauritanian women weigh between 220 - 300lbs and that just maybe, that's not such a good idea." In Northwestern Africa, Mauritania, the more weight a woman has on her, the more desirable she is.

Here is an excerpt from an article... A 2001 government survey of 68,000 women found that 1 in 5 between ages 15 and 49 had been deliberately overfed. And nearly 70 percent -- and even more among teenagers -- said they did not regret it. Some men prefer curvy women, some prefer thin. Some women prefer bulky men and some like lean men. What do you think contributes to these preferences? Culture Comparison What are the social norms surrounding gender specified body image in Canada? Physical Gender Stereotypes in Canada... Males: emphasis on the need for a "tough" attitude
strong, tall, toned, broad shouldered, Females: emphasis on passive and graceful attitude
small, skinny, clear skin, pretty face POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
• clear and true perception the shape & parts of your body
• Feelings of comfort, confidence, pride & acceptance of your unique body
• Understanding that physical appearance says little about your character & value as a person
• Celebrating and appreciating your natural body shape NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE
•distorted perception of your body shape and size
•Being convinced that your body size & shape are a sign of personal failure
•Feeling ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body
Food for Thought:
"People with negative body image are more likely to develop an eating disorder or distorted eating patterns, suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, and low self-esteem." Do you think women would want to be thin if they were not bombarded by images of thin women? How does low self-esteem impact relationships? Do you think the body image expectations discussed were always seen as ideals in society or have they changed over time? If so, what do you think could be the reason for this change? How can you challenge gender stereotypes? Do you feel the need to do so? Why or why not? Do you think there is more social pressure and reinforcement of one gender stereotype than the other? Why might this happen? Do the behavioral gender expectations impact the ideal body image? •Advertisements, movies, newspapers, internet, music.

•What you see in the media is not always real. Most pictures are photo shopped to portray the “perfect body”

-the harsh expectations influenced by the media can cause people to search for these qualities in others
-people may like the stereotypes more than the realistic qualities of people How can media influenced expectations create issues in relationships (friends, family, romantic)? Media •Over 50% of 15 year old people are displeased with their body.
•70% of people 17 years of age have been on a diet and 80% of them are unhappy with their body image.
•Fifteen percent of young women have substantially disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.
•According to The Center For Mental Health 90 percent of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25. •27% of girls who read Teen People magazine say that the media pressures them to have the “perfect body”
•In females, dissatisfaction with their bodies begin at age 5 or 6 and escalate from there
•A survey found that 81% of 10 year olds have already been on at least one diet
•66% of 12 year olds think they are “too fat” Why do you think the ideal body image differs between cultures? To what extent is someone willing to risk for their appearance? What is the limit? What is too far? How does this relate to gender stereotypes? Show video

http://www.diet.com/g/body-image What is your opinion on the ideas being addressed in the video? Works Cited http://www.diet.com/g/body-image








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