91% of women are unhappy with their bodies. 5% of women naturally possess the bodies that are regularly displayed in the media. 80% of ten year old girls in america fear getting fat. 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough. As a result of my research I found that the body standard the media sets for adolescents leads to disorders, Suicide and self loathing.
Media is influential on the development of adolescent females. Media portrays the female image and adolescent females adhere to this image. The different medial views adolescent girls adhere to are magazines, television, and the Internet. Each form of media has adolescent girls questioning their body images. According to Slater and Tiggemann (2015), “media’s constant focus on female bodies and body parts seamlessly aligns viewers with an implicit sexualizing gaze” (p.377).
This book is all about influence. There is a lot of scientific and psychological data on influence and suggestion. The author is confident that the TV programming is an influential tool of propaganda. In his opinion, the government for a long time shape the population along to their preferences. The book offers insights on what effect the television has on child’s mental state and development.
Introductory Paragraph Television is something people usually like to watch, and it mainly takes up all of their time. They do not have any time to mingle or talk with others. The average child and teen between 8 to 18 years old will spend an average of four hours a day in front of a TV, computer, or even on their phone. When a kid wakes up in the morning, the first thing they do to start their day is go to school which is about an 8 hour average for most schools.
From the 1970’s much has changed in how media would typically portray women as housewives who wanted to please their husbands by catering for them and looking after the children and home. Since then various legislations have been enforced which changed how media could portray women, now in modern media women are represented as beautiful stereotypes who every woman would want to be like. Their body image is still important in how they are viewed by the public and the media are very strong to bring this forward for the given audience. Here is where gender and identity come into account. Women’s magazines formulate images of femininity which are diverse in how women look aesthetically and their lifestyle; once this has been accomplished they
Have you ever looked at an image on Social Media, seen a movie, commercial, or show and looked at yourself and felt ashamed or unsatisfied. Many women around the world have struggled with their weight and how others see them. Media images of ridiculously thin women are everywhere – television shows, movies, popular magazines. The Media often glamorizes a very thin body for women. These are also the pictures that are being shown to teenagers at a time of their lives that they are particularly susceptible to peer pressure and looking good(Tabitha Farrar).
A survey on 151 female participants of Illinois between the age group of 18-25 years studied whether the adolescents who had negative perceptions of their body image due to the exposure of media were more or less likely to have negative perceptions of their bodies as adults. The participants were asked to memorise their past relationship with media and its impact and questions related to how it contrast with their current relationship with media. The results of the survey show a moderate relationship between the body image as adolescent and body image as adult. (Wynn, 2012) Further, a study also found that nearly 76% of the women aspire to have a smaller body size than their existing figure while only around five percent of the women aspire to have a larger body figure than their present figure.
Television has never claimed to be reality and for the sake of marketing as well as entertainment, pray that it never does. Although it is a fact that many Americans spend far too long acting as mindless couch potatoes, in front of their televisions, spending time watching television is not an entirely horrible activity. While it is true that America’s youth is easily sucked into spending hours in front of the television, rather than enjoying the outdoors, there are a multitude of reasons that television can serve as a better and more accessible alternative. Consider, for example, a day of torrential downpour wherein America’s youth is stuck inside the house with little to do other than to rampage around their households wreaking havoc on their hardworking parents. Without the aid of television to distract and preoccupy their children, the parents of these children might not get the precious time that they need to maintain the upkeep of their households and continue to provide for their families.
1. Introduction Today television plays a big role in many people’s life, especially for children. It is hard to imagine a world without television. Thanks to the development of technology, television is invented, and considered as a great medium that provokes imagination, encourages education, and entertains the children around the world. Television can also be a beefy influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior (Bee, 1998).
It’s all about how an individual looks at their own body, and it also includes their imagination, emotions, and physical feelings. “The effect of media on women’s body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization, and disordered eating appears to be stronger among young adults than children and adolescents. This may suggest that long-term exposure during childhood and adolescence lays the foundation for the negative effects of media during early adulthood.” (“Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders”) The media has been able to shape culture and also influence the public's opinion.
Anorexia survivor Erin Treloar said “my eating disorder was perpetuated by retouched magazine photos”. Beauty standards has such a giant effect on women emotionally, psychologically and physically. The pressure on women to be thin leads to unhealthy weight loss practices (Battle & Brownell, 1996), eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia (Thompson, Heinberg, Altabe, & Tantleff-Dunn, 1998) and low self-esteem (Tiggeman & Stevens,
Magazines, TV, music, books, and movies help one make decisions and take action whether consciously or subconsciously. This large sphere of influence, however, is not always beneficial for those who suffer victim to these forms of public entertainment. The medias version of beauty, shames those who are considered overweight and scares almost everyone into thinking that being thin is the only way to be pretty. Jolene Hart emphasis how important beauty is in the American culture in her book Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out: “There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry built on helping us achieve greater physical beauty” (Hart 33). By creating this manipulated and untrue image of beauty, the American culture encourages eating disorders like anorexia (undereating) and sustains obesity (overeating).
One of the biggest issues with the media is “thin-ideal media.” Many American celebrities of the twenty first century are incredibly skinny. However, this is only because so many of them lose weight due to unforgiving diets and overbearing workouts. Thin-ideal media causes the majority of issues, “‘thin-ideal media’ refers to media images, shows and films that contain very thin female leads… Thin-ideal media highlights the idea that thinness is a good and desirable thing to be, even if it is to a level that is potentially damaging to a persons health” (Farrar). Females are portrayed as feminine, skinny, and ladylike on screen.
Derenne and Beresin (2006) examined how the media has progressed throughout the years and what the “ideal” body type was in that time period, which influenced female dissatisfaction with their bodies. The study showed that in the colonial times, women contributed to physical labor, which resulted in bigger, stronger bodies. As time shifted to the 19th century, tiny waists and large bustles was favorited by society, which is difficult to attain. Advertisements that are available for kids and young adults display underweight supermodels, appetite suppressants, dietary supplements, which creates a negative repetitive message that being skinny is the only way to be beautiful. ( talk about how different factors in different locations play a role).