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PRS - Fat and Thin

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Patrick Guo

on 28 June 2013

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Transcript of PRS - Fat and Thin

What people believed

Physical Appearance
The problems
Woman are not the only gender who are negatively aware of their size.
Men have been very aware of their size as well. There are two types of fat. Fat and obese. Being fat creates depression, but is no real health threat, while being obese is a real health problem.
People believe that they are more beautiful the thinner they are, they also believe that people will judge you because of your size and weight
What the media thinks
Discrimination against fat and uncool people
Men are very negative about their size,
because they associate finding a good mate
with requiring a good muscular body.

A typical stereotype of a morbidly obese man is low voice, low education, little social interactions, No relationships, really bad at sport, clumsy, and a lot of McDonalds.

Some people do not accept fat/obese people into their own companies because they match their size to the public stereotype.
Morbidly obese people are more likely
to commit suicide than those who are not.
Abercrombie and Fitch CEO says they will not sell larger sizes to larger women "In every school the are the cool and popular kids and there are the not-so-cool-kids. WE GO AFTER THE COOL KIDS. WE go after the attractive, all-American kid with a great attitude, and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong in our clothes, and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.

That's why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, and good-looking people, we don't market to anyone other than that."
Whether you are morbidly obese, or have a stick-like figure. It doesn't really matter, because what really matters is what you think about yourself, not how other people discriminate. Martin Luther King's speech has inspired people not to discriminate. Let's do that too.
This puts alot of pressure
under fat people making them feel guilty of their size.
What the media thinks
A typical stereotype of thin people is that they are unfit, don't exercise, eat very little, tire really fast.
Body Image
Most modern-day females are unhappy with her body. Perhaps it's her thighs or her belly or her nose.. Whatever it is, she is likely to devote a great deal of energy to worrying over the problem and making efforts to change it.
“So many of us know that of course [the images] are computerized…Many of the women in magazines aren’t even real anymore…We can kind of know that intellectually, even really strongly intellectually, but those images still get under our skin.”
Lelwica was featured on MentorConnect, an online eating disorder mentoring community
“I used to read Seventeen magazine like a bible,” Lelwica said. “And I had no critical consciousness; I had no real ability to look at what the messages were.
Worry about weight, the drive to be thin, "weight control" and dieting for weight loss have consumed our population, the rate of fatness has increased, along with health problems associated with poor eating and fitness.
TOo many people still believe that promoting fear and disdain of fatness can be helpful in motivating positive health choices – the more socially undesirable it is to be overweight, the more this will somehow help
Studies confirm: Body dissatisfaction leads to less healthy and more disordered eating, less physical activity, weight gain and diminished overall health
“Healthy Bodies teaches exactly what every child and adult needs today: the facts about body size diversity, the wrongness, destructiveness, and proven ineffectiveness of weight stigma, why "weight control" is a flawed approach to a healthy weight and contributes to weight gain, the importance of connecting to who we are from the inside out, trust in listening to our bodies, encouragement to value and pursue vitality and happiness (instead of size) as a goal, and how to care for our bodies through mindful eating, and enjoyable movement. —Linda Bacon, PhD, author of Health at Every Size
Advertising Magazines
Body Image Media
For several years the Quebec magazine Coup de Pouce has consistently included full-sized women in their fashion pages
There is resistance to change, both within and outside the industry: when the Australian magazine New Woman included a picture of a heavy-set model on its cover,
Magazines employ Photoshop and other image manipulation tools to create women who are literally "too thin to be true"
The message is overwhelmingly that they should be thin, attractive and sexual
Teenage boys who watch music videos are at higher risk of becoming obsessed with bodybuilding
Girls choose to make avatars that look like "myself [but] taller and thinner" while boys make theirs look like "myself [but] taller and muscular.
Both men and women are portrayed unrealistically, and both have their ideas about body image affected by exposure to games
2008 study found that young men and women experienced lower body satisfaction after fifteen minutes of playing a game where the characters were muscular (in the case of boys) or thin and attractive (in the case of girls).
As Dr. Kim Bissell, founder of the Child Media Lab at the University of Alabama, puts it, “We know they’re Photoshopped, but we still want to look like that.
Ph0t0 Manipulation
Young girls often use photo manipulation software to retouch their own photos.
Religion doesn't have much against body image.
Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

80% of women feel insecure from photos in magazines
42% of women going through third grade want to get thinner
82% of women that are 10 are afraid of getting fat
More than half of the teenagers think they should be on diets.
3% go to far and become anorexic
Thank you
“Step Away from the Mean Girls…

…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.

Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”

― Oprah Winfrey
“Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images.”
― Cheri K. Erdman.
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