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Media's Influence on Body Image

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Catie Van Den Oetelaar

on 17 June 2013

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How Does Media Negatively Influence A Female's Perception Of Herself?
Some of these aspects of media are:
-TV and Movies
-Photo Editing
-Online Communities
Females are constantly being bombarded with images of "perfection" throughout the media. These images are targeted at very young age groups. Young children begin to see "perfect", as thin and unrealistically proportioned girls. This eludes them into thinking that the only way to be happy and successful is to have this thin yet voluptuous body. As one progresses on from Disney, so do the images of women. A women's sexuality becomes more prominent in shows, movies, and advertisements. Because many companies believe that sexier women sell more products, men start to associate beauty, and attractiveness with these unrealistic women. While in actuality these women do not even look like they do in their photos.
TV and movies often portray women as sexual objects. This is why a majority of the time main female characters are cast with smaller, thinner women.
the American Pie series
Gossip Girl
Bay Watch
Desperate Housewives
On the same note, many shows that do cast a curvier woman for a lead character, comment on her size throughout the show. Or the whole show is about this woman and her weight.
Mike and Molly
Bridget Jones' Diary

Insecurity can start at a very young age. Many times this can be brought on by Disney movies and their characters. All of the main female characters are thin, voluptuous and wear revealing clothing.
In The Little Mermaid Ursula (the villain) is a curvier woman. However, she is portrayed as evil and eventually dies in the end of the movie.
Throughout The Little Mermaid, Ariel is wearing nothing except two strategically placed seashells. Whereas in the part of the movie when she is changed to a human she is completely nude.

Photo Editing
Online Communities
TV and Movies
The Little Mermaid
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
The images we see in the media that we let form our ideas and visions of people aren’t even real. The unrealistic beauty the woman on the front of a magazine possesses is fake, it is an extremely altered and edited version of a real woman. Young girls see this false beauty and they become insecure because it is so unachievable, but they never stop trying to achieve it, all of their energy and time goes into obsessing over the beauty of that photo shopped woman.
Fashion is huge in the way of influencing girls/boys to look a certain way
-All models thin(Anorexic actually) and tall
-Regular, average sized women being put in a category called “Plus-size”
-Models eating habits widely spread, (people in a way promote bulimia because a model only looks the way she does from hacking up her food, and that is broadcasted heavily, whether true or not)
-Seeing clothing look perfect on the model and that’s how you think it should look so when you try on that same article of clothing you feel insecure and fall into a slump, again obsessing to look the way the model does.
-The models are also being influenced by media when they're constantly being bagged on and being judged, leads them to live unhealthy lifestyles
Victoria's Secret
FACT: Victoria's secret does not have any "plus-size" models. They also do not carry "plus-size" clothing, like many other female retailers. The curviest model they have ever had was Tyra Banks right before she retired from the fashion industries.
Social media has a huge impact on how a girl sees herself. Not only are we being exposed to the unrealistic looks of celebrities, but also of our peers. Throughout the internet girls can find pictures, websites, blogs, articles, videos, etc. to positively and negatively sway they're perception of themselves.

Drunk Girl Problems ‏@Sassy_Drunk

Since the #VictoriasSecretFashionShow is tonight, I guess I won't be eating all day in preparation. I'll only regret it later if I do. #damn

Bracing myself for my self esteem to go down after tonight #victoriassecretfashionshow #imready
MeanGirlProblems ‏@MeanGirlProblem

So...I won't be eating for like a year after tonight.. #VSFashionShow #VictoriasSecretFashionShow

Pro-Ana Sites
(Pro anorexia websites)
Prevalence of Eating Disorders

According to a 2002 survey, 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15 – 24 years had an eating disorder.
Government of Canada. (2006). The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada 2006.

The prevalence of anorexia and bulimia is estimated to be 0.3% and 1.0% among adolescent and young women respectively. Prevalence rates of anorexia and bulimia appear to increase during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.
Hoek, H. W. (2007). Incidence, prevalence and mortality of anorexia and other eating disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 19(4), 389-394.

Eating Disorders in Males

Four percent of boys in grades nine and ten reported anabolic steroid use in a 2002 study, showing that body preoccupation and attempts to alter one’s body are issues affecting both men and women.
Boyce, W. F. (2004). Young people in Canada: their health and well-being. Ottawa, Ontario: Health Canada.

The fashion industry has long dictated that female models be tall and waif-like; however, male models are now facing increasing pressure to slim down and appear more androgynous, in order to book top fashion jobs.
Trebay, G. (2008, February 7). The Vanishing Point. The New York Times.
Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/fashion/shows/07DIARY.html?pagewanted=1

Children and Adolescents

Children learn (unhealthy) mainstream attitudes towards food and weight at a very young age. In a study of five-year-old girls, a significant proportion of girls associated a diet with food restriction, weight-loss and thinness.
According to a 2002 survey, 28% of girls in grade nine and 29% in grade ten engaged in weight-loss behaviours.
Boyce, W. F. (2004). Young people in Canada: their health and well-being. Ottawa, Ontario: Health Canada
Thirty-seven percent of girls in grade nine and 40% in grade ten perceived themselves as too fat. Even among students of normal-weight (based on BMI), 19% believed that they were too fat, and 12% of students reported attempting to lose weight.

In a survey of adolescents in grades 7-12, 30% of girls and 25% of boys reported teasing by peers about their weight. Such teasing has been found to persist in the home as well - 29% of girls and 16% of boys reported having been teased by a family member about their weight.
Overweight and obese children are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers. For example:
- In a survey of 11 – 16 year-olds, 10% of normal-weight children reported being bullied, compared to 15% of overweight and 23% of obese children
-Obese girls were 2.7 times more likely than normal weight girls to be verbally bullied on a regular basis and 3.4 times more likely to be excluded from group activities

In a study of 14 – 15 year old adolescents, girls who engaged in strict dieting practices:
-Were 18 times more likely to develop an ED within six months than non-dieters
-Had almost a 20% chance of developing an ED within one year
Girls who dieted moderately were five times more likely to develop an ED within 6 months than non-dieters.
In childhood (5-12 years), the ratio of girls to boys diagnosed with AN or BN is 5:1, whereas in adolescents and adults, the ratio is much larger – 10 females to every male
A survey of British models found that 50% believe that AN and BN are significant problems amongst models. In addition, 70% of models perceive a trend for thinner models over the last five years.
What does the church say?
Life and Dignity of the Human Person:
"The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society."
Rights and Responsibilities
"The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. "
"We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world."
Care For God's Creation
"We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation"
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