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Media's Effect on Body Image

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Anne-Olive Nono

on 15 March 2013

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Argument The Media's Negative Effect on Body Image By:Anne-Olive Nono & Racquelle Bremmer
Pd 3 Super Thin = Health Consequences Counterargument - The media promotes an unhealthy image of women which damages society. According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), this obsession has contributed to an increase in eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression among women in the United States (Chittom,Finley). Media promotes a positive image, yet the people getting this image are too young. By age 15, 46% of girls were unsatisfied with their weight and a quarter of them were already on diets because of the image media promotes. Rebuttal As the body weight decrease, the amount of leptin in your system decreases. Leptin regualtes the fat storage and without it, menstruation becomes irregular and sometimes absent (Treasure, Roberts, Wack). Also, the chances of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa is increased (Treasure, Roberts, Wack). The media has a negative effect on the lives of girls and women because they feel that they have to be skinny in order to be like the people they see in the media. Shifting Body Image The image of women have shifted throughout the decades. During World War II, it was fashionable to wear tight corsets in order to look bigger but now women do all that they can in order to look thinner. Background Other than being tall, successful models are usually also thin. Lesley "Twiggy" Hornby changed the face of the model industry (Chittom,Finley).
http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7000000/Twiggy-the-model-the-60s-7053212-381-500.jpg http://janicemartin.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Marilyn-Monroe.jpeg In a study of 3,200 young women carried out in February this year [2007] by Girlguiding UK, over half of 16- to 25-year-olds said the media made them feel that "being pretty and thin" was the "most important thing" (Bawdon). http://www.thisismarilyn.com/corset-42549.photo Child actress Tracey Gold suffered from bulimia and anorexia. Her illness started at the young age of 7 because the media's definition of an ideal body forced her to change and cause harm to her body (Chittom, Finley). Toys Do Make a Difference Many doll figures such as G.I. Joe and Barbie are unreasonably proportioned influencing a child's body image (Ojeda). The doll shown here is thin with long legs. Dolls such as these can make children feel insecure at a young age which will effect their body image in the future. http://shop.mattel.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12836463 http://hamsterdam415.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/real-life-barbie.jpeg?w=456 "Hollywood Thin" "Twenty-five years ago, the average fashion model was 8% thinner than the average woman. Today, that number has risen to 23%" (Derenne,Beresin).
Instead of fitness magazines being filled with tips on how to lose weight, many of them are filled with advertisements for dietary supplements and appetite supplements (Derrene, Beresin). The media has a positive effect on body image. Stars such as Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson on Weight Watchers show how their life has changed for the better after they lost weight. Exercising Daily Jared Fogle from Subway commercials proved that he can lose weight by eating healthy subs. In this case, the media promoted a healthy image because it showed that eating healthy is positive. http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2011/02/jennifer-hudson-before-and-after-80-pound-weight-loss.html Bawdon, Fiona. "Images in the Media Negatively Impact Adolescent Girls." Children and the Entertainment Industry. Ed. Karen Miller. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "No Model for Girls." New Statesman (1 Oct. 2007). Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
Chittam, Lynn-nore, and Laura Finley. "Point: Body Image in the Media is an Unhealthy Picture." EBSCO. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.
Hellmich, Nanci. "The Fashion Industry May Be Linked to Poor Body Image and Eating Disorders." The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Do Thin Models Warp Girls' Body Image?" USA Today 25 Sept. 2006. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.
"Introduction to Anorexia: At Issue." Anorexia. Stefan Kiesbye. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2013
"Introduction to Body Image: Teen Decisions." Body Image. Ed. Auriana Ojeda. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Teen Decisions. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2013
Kowalski, Kathiann M. "Poor Body Image Leads to Anorexia." Anorexia. Ed. Karen F. Balkin. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. At Issue. Rpt. from "Body Image: How Do You See Yourself?" Current Health 2 29 (Mar. 2003): 6-11. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.
"Percentage of students who vomited or took laxatives to lose or to keep from gaining weight, 2005." Weight in America: Obesity, Eating Disorders, and Other Health Risks. Barbara Wexler. 2008 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Information Plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
Treasure, Janet L., Marion E. Roberts, and Elizabeth R. Wack. "Images of Thin Fashion Models Play a Role in Eating Disorders." The Fashion Industry. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Models as a High-Risk Group: The Health Implications of a Size Zero Culture." The British Journal of Psychiatry 192 (2008): 243-244. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 21 Feb. 2013. Works Cited Sick. http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0141/4372/files/052012-ELLE.jpg http://www.boingboing.net/assets_mt/2009/09/29/lauren.jpg Nasty. http://momgrind.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/skinny-models.jpg Gruesome. http://momgrind.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/optimizedshape-magazine.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_R8yGV-RXRNU/TFMGXpSIskI/AAAAAAAAASg/UMZFSxQ_4HM/s1600/Women's+Health+Magazine+July+August+2010+-+Cover.JPG http://lkoolers.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/versace-ads-featuring-gisele-bundchen-and-kate-moss.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iwE7eCaUh8Q/THjQE1ID55I/AAAAAAAAGLs/kwjY-P--MJI/s1600/VA1010pcover_HR.jpg http://postmediamontreal.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/jared-fogle-before-after1.jpg https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRXP_fu-dMuJ27q2kT6NkuyFSiRbn5yWwb_XvsxuoEwNeGnjpUA Eating Disorders https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTRJCbboc7CZdISoncxsIZKHQLacgRcgVNNi9L7kcujW9MpOhv2 -Play60 commercials promotes a healthy living and shows that it is beneficial to get out and exercise 60 minutes a day.
-Michelle Obama promotes healthy eating in kids and shows them the healthy way to lose weight. https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR6dEYhefEou-1--CJrA-0qPhEeOg91yitYDTTC2AEKeX4kvzxz https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSY43BEH0yIhcBuG7grkRc9286L6g11THLpdXWJtMtdPXS033vXYw
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