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How Does Media Influence Our Thoughts On Body Image?
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Magazines have begun to shape our perspective and standards of comparison. We have learned that being thin is part of the ideal body image for women and being muscular is the ideal body image for men. This has increased the anxiety of men and women greatly. We have stopped comparing ourselves to friends and family but to strangers, celebrities, and photo shopped images.
What clothing stores have you seen portray this kind of image?
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Many of us have also forgotten that these people we are comparing ourselves to have had cosmetic surgery, eating disorders, and have a large amount of make up on. Magazines have manipulated our society to believe that these are pictures of true beauty and the picture perfect body image.
Twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8% less than the average women. Today, models weigh 23% less.
7 out of 10 women felt more depressed and angry than prior to viewing these images
Up to 12% of teen boys are using unproven supplements and/or steroids
Nearly a quarter of girls age 15-17 would consider undergoing plastic surgery.
Media does not only affect young generations, but also older ones. Images displayed of celebrities show that they are slim and at a happy weight only weeks after having a child. They may have still remembered the time where being thin wasn’t the “trend” and have a difficult time understanding the new concept.