Media Body Image

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The Media and Body Image One’s body is unique and everyone has their opinion about the ideal, healthy perfect body. In today’s society there has been a rise on obsessing over the thin ideal body which many people think that media plays a role to it. “The Role in the Media in Body Image Concerns Among Women” by Shelly Grabe, Janet Shibley Hyde, and L. Monique Ward was published in 2008 explains how the increase of thin-ideal body has greatly affected women's view on their body. While Amanda Vogel’s article Body Image: The Impact of Social Media published in 2015 explains the positive side of the issue. Grabe, Hyde, and Ward provide information and laboratory experimentations on over the past years media has portrayed thinner women which cause…show more content…
Monique Ward start out stating that nearly half of girls and young women dissatisfied with their bodies and be the causes of unhealthy habits such as skipping meals, extreme dieting, and bingeing. They mention that there many factors that contribute to this such as parental message, peer related teasing, and the increase of thin ideal body dominating the media. The authors provide outside sources and different research studies in order to help support their claim. They later discuss that if media does really encourage the thin ideal body or if there are more contributing factors like women who are already have low self esteem are drawn more to the thin ideal body. They provide two types of research, experimental research and correlational research. The experimental research study where women are shown a series of magazine or television advertisements that contain either images of the thin-ideal body (experimental condition) or images that are considered neutral (control condition). Following the experimental manipulation, respondents are asked to complete assessments of body image-related constructs (Grabe, Hyde, and Ward 461). This leads that there are two outcomes, one is that it does leads to body dissatisfaction and there are certain factors make some women more vulnerable than others to the effects of media exposure. The second study measures media…show more content…
The first article contains studies from credible sources to make their point clear and understandable. It’s also well organized and has subtopics about what the next paragraph is about. Some of the weaknesses is that it is very long and not a very interesting article. Also some of the information in the first article is a few years old and can be out of date. While the second article tends to have a more opinion than fact approach and it provides fitness professionals about what they think about social media and body image which doesn't really have any credibility and only has one credible study that can provide a more credible source. One of the strengths is that it is interesting to read and the information is recent while the first article is a bit out of
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