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The Pressure to be Perfect: Society's Grip on Young People

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Haley Crawford

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The Pressure to be Perfect: Society's Grip on Young People
Effects on Men
http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/societys-unhealthy-obsession-with-beauty
http://cw.ua.edu/2012/03/07/negative-effects-of-advertising/
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15160230
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/19/dangerous-trends-kids-and-teens-using-steroids/
http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/statistics-studies#Anorexia-Nervosa-Statistics
Some would argue that if it weren't for the drastic measures people take to look like these images of fit people these ads could have a positive impact. Do you agree or disagree and why? Can you come up with any other ways this epidemic could have positive outcomes?
Negative Affects
It is most often seen in females, the drastic measures to look like what they see in everyday life. Literally driving themselves sick giving themselves anorexia, bulimia, and even depression. in a recent study earlier this year, 10 million females in the US suffer from an eating disorder because they are not satisfied with their bodies. All because they want to be pretty enough, or skinny enough. a bunch of factors lead to such damaging health problems like physical, psychological, and social issues.
Drastic Measures
Once they think they have to look a certain way, it becomes an obsession. Boys become obsessed with either going to the gym to gain muscle, or they turn to a scary alternative. In 2012, 5% of high school boys admitted to taking steroids just to gain muscle. Not for what you would expect like sports, but for
acceptance
. 10% of high school students from the same school admitted to using non-steroid muscle-enhancing substances for the same reason.
Lets Face It, It's All Around Us
Every single day we are constantly exposed to the same image. Whether it be on television, in magazines, or even online we are bombarded by the air brushed, photo shopped, skinny human beings that project the way society expects us to look.
Effects On Woman and Young Girls
The world of advertising is no stranger to objectifying woman. Commercials nowadays don't focus on the product they're trying to sell, only the woman using or endorsing the product. Which is more often than not a tall, skinny, tan woman with beautiful hair and a face covered with pounds of make up. This creates unrealistic expectations of what women should look and act like, which then leads to drastic measures to try to fit the standards of the fictitious stereotype some girls feel they must be like.
The pressure to fit certain standards is not anything new, why do you think it has become such a huge deal lately in the media?
The effects on men and boys is similar to what girls go through. They too have issues with their body image. Studies have shown the more exposed they were to these stereotypical ads the more they felt uncomfortable with themselves. According to a survey back in 2006, including 184 male college students, this was true. They're uncomfortable in their own skin and feel as if they have to be the fit, chiseled people they see in ads, for example, Abercrombie.
Resources
Do you think that such standards are created within our heads? Or could it be solely the medias fault?
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