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Body Image: How does media influence self worth?

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Breanna Haig

on 2 May 2013

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How Does Media Distort What A Girl Sees in Her Reflection? Body Image Eating Disorders, Self Esteem and Self Worth Media The Impact it is all around us and unavoidable in our everyday lives
is becoming a growing problem in terms of the influence it is having on society
teenage girls (grades 9 and 10) What is Media? Programs, Health and Beautiful Confidence Next Steps "from a young age, girls are very impressionable and, when faced with the effects of both peer pressure and constantly being bombarded by idealistic images from print, TV, and social media, some women carry these ideals with them through to adulthood" (Sarah Rubin, Clinical Dietitian) with such an obvious, world-wide, growing issue why hasn't anything been done?
despite Dove's Campaign for Real beauty can you think of any action that has taken place to make a change? In some way or another every aspect of the media is pushing girls and women worldwide to strive for its definition of “perfection”
The media views the “perfect” woman as someone youthful, thin, and tanned, with a flawless complexion and shiny, luscious hair (Gerber, 2012). Even the dictionary’s definition of this word is “entirely without any flaws, defects or shortcomings” (Dictionary.com, 2012).
This idea of “perfection” does not realistically represent girls and women as a whole, in fact there should be no real definition of “perfect” as that opinion can vary from opinion to opinion; however one opinion of what is “perfect” (that of the media) has manifested throughout Canada "Perfect".... Thank You! You're all beautiful... "it's possible for girls and women to be able to differentiate, but it's extremely difficult to do that when the media presents a "skinny physique" to us and equates this image with a "healthy body"" (Sarah Rubin) "extreme measures of "self-improvements" are methods of trying to achieve the idealistic picture of a perfect body. Quite often young girls aren't educated enough to understand the danger to their health when they do these things. In the long-term, these self-improvement measures will take a toll on their mental health as well" (Sarah Rubin) Peterborough Regional Health Centre
dietitian there is Lise Leahy
"There is also a relatively new program called Health at Every Size (HAES), which serves to help people (of all ages) recognize that health isn't, and shouldn't be, defined by weight" (Sarah Rubin)
New local campaign called "Your Kids are Listening" Class Exercise physical & mental examinations
blood work (electrolytes)
complete blood count
protein, liver, kidney, thyroid function tests
ECG and bone density tests
psychological exam by mental health professional on beliefs, habits, views, history, and daily routine
-Sarah Rubin How eating disorders are diagnosed:
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