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Media and Body Image

Families in Canada

Caitlin Hamm

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Media and Body Image

Media and Body Image
Body Image
Does media affect the way we see ourselves?
Positive Effects:
Although it's hard to believe, media can have a positive effect on us. Some sources of media (such as Dove commercials) show us that our body is our own and we shouldn't criticize it. These commercials show us that we're thinking about ourselves in a wrong way. Instead of showing people what they should look like, Dove is encouraging people to love how they look already.

Media teaches us that:
we're not perfect.
we should be original and unique.
we should set goals for ourselves.

compliment yourself.
talk to someone you trust about what's bothering you.
beauty is not only skin-deep, it is a reflection of your whole self (it’s the inside that counts!).
realize that every person is unique and beautiful in their own way no matter their shape or size.
understand that the celebrities you see in the media are not examples of an average healthy person; they are photo shopped to the point where they no longer look like themselves.
embrace your flaws, they are what make you, YOU!
People think that they need to look a certain way in order to fit, some things that effect body image are:
Puberty (adolescence):
Their bodies are going through changes and they don't know what to do so they begin to develop negative thoughts about themselves.
people are constantly trying to look like someone they've seen on TV or in magazines. They keep comparing themselves to celebrities that have bodies that aren't possible to attain.
people might get teased about the way they look by others which can lead to negative thoughts that effect their body image.
Body image is how you view your physical self, including whether you feel you are attractive and whether others like your looks.
Negative Effects:
Media influences us everyday, it influences the way we see ourselves and the way we treat ourselves (which can be harmful). We see these images of what perfection should look like and we want it. When people realize that they will never look like the ad they just saw they develop low-self esteem. Some people want to look like the models on TV so badly that they develop eating disorders because they think they'll be able to attain the "perfect" look.
Eating Disorders:
Eating disorders are the 3rd most chronic illness.
12th leading cause of hospitalization.
90% of cases of anorexia and bulimia occur in females.
22% of people are happy with help.
The media affects us in every aspect of our life. It tries to tell us that we aren't good enough by the world’s standards so it tells us how to live our lives. We look down upon ourselves and attempt to change in order to fit the impossible mold we view as a goal in which must be achieved to be happy. The media twists our mind into conforming to an image produced, not born. Hours of makeup and special effects craft a view and plaster it on every wall until we forget that there is more to our selves than some executives idea of what people should strive to look like.
"You are imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful."
Solutions to Having Higher Self-Esteem
Developmental Theories:
Erikson's 8 Stages:
the majority of people struggle to complete the 8 stages because they are always looking at an unattainable image and not finding their own identity because media affects it.
Pearlin's Theory of Psychological Distress:
media affects some people more than others (ex. some people develop dissorders while others don't).
Riegel's Dimensions of Development:
when media changes people have to adjust to the new style (ex. leg warmers).
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