In the article Body Image & the Media: An Overview, the author describes the ways in which people’s opinion of themselves are being altered due to the unrealistic standards being viewed in the media. Since the growth of media and internet, people have been greatly exposed to what a “perfect” body should look like. These unrealistic standards have taken a toll on people’s physical and mental health. One envisions a perfect body image and is concerned about how others will perceive them and how they perceive themselves.
Anorexia, or sometimes also known as Anorexia Nervousa, is a restriction of behaviour that promote healthy body weight. Those with this problem will likely to fake their weight and sees theirselves worstly. They think of themselves as an ugly creature compared to what they see in the society or the media itself. However, the society and the media are not the only things that could make the issue happened. This issue has happened a long time
Some of these methods include dieting, which under extreme measures can lead to eating disorders, the intake of slimming pills, smoking and excessive exercising. The media’s emotional impact and influence is so powerful to the point that kids, as young as 5th graders are effected. The people in advertisements and on magazine covers that we aspire to look like do not exist. Majority of them have been photo shopped and are not realistic targets. This emphasizes on how powerful the media is because despite the fact that we know that that these images and people are fake, we still choose to succumb to such expectations and go to major extremes to meet them.
Given these points, the thin and muscular ideal being portrayed through the use of media constantly reminds individuals about how that is a standard that they should meet, leading them to have a negative body image. The idea of body dissatisfaction starts when individuals are very young in today 's society, and is supported by many around the world. Being so accessible to the media allows individuals to become more vulnerable to viewing images of celebrities that will affect them in a negative way and will have them wanting to change their appearance, even if that is not how those celebrities really look. Body discontentment has reached a whole new level to where the rate of eating disorders has increased. Individuals commonly compare their
In terms of Emily's depression, I can tell that her self perspective on her weight is most likely heavily influenced by mass media. Today, social media portrays specific body types as what is acceptable or considered good looking. Although everyone knows that every individuals is unique in their own way when it comes to body type, the media can still take a toll on the an individual's feelings and emotions. In addition, obesity is a prevalent issue in the U.S amongst adolescent around her age. In combination, rising obesity in teens and the heavy impact of mass media will definitely cause depression to skyrocket in adolescents.
Moreover, ordinary people rather than celebrities are the ones getting the spotlight. With the increasing amount of reality TV shows, serious problems have made their appearance unto the “real” world. These kinds of shows have been affecting the society in a way that could be an adverse effect especially for teenagers. Although reality TV shows are now a colossal part of the media and its culture, they work as negative factors in a society and watching them should be discouraged, for the common themes of the show are highly aggressive, provide inappropriate education, and its extent of creating racial stereotypes has become stronger. Despite its negative effects, reality television show can be positively influential for its participants as well as young
Huxley shows the effect of society on body image in Brave New World through Lenina: “But you don’t think I’m too pneumatic do you?”(Huxley 93). Lenina is shown to care about her image so vastly that at one point, Bernard believes her to be thinking of herself as meat. This is a common thing in today’s society with girls believing their bodies are not right if they are not exactly like the image the media provides. The media’s painting of thinness as an aesthetic ideal is still quoted by researchers as a contributing factor to body malaise among teens today (Johnson). Teenagers change the way they feel about themselves based on society’s construct of perfection.
As a result of my research I found that the body standard the media sets for adolescents leads to disorders, Suicide and self loathing. Body image is how we perceive our bodies visually. Positive body image is having a clear perception of one 's image and being able to celebrate or feel comfortable in their own skin. Negative body image is a distorted view of yours or others bodies. Negative body image can also mean you feel awkward and self conscious with your looks.
My issue is if cosmetic surgery is becoming a mental health issue or if it’s becoming an addiction to many. I will mainly discuss how it’s becoming such a big issue to this society and how it’s affecting many people. A lot of people mostly teenagers are being affected because they see that many people are going on with the procedure. Many people are having the thought that it is only to make them prettier or to boost their self-esteem. However many also argue that since many people are undergoing cosmetic surgery it’s easier for people to just undergo a surgery and wake up with what you wanted.
Proponents of Western culture’s influence on society will often praise the new clothing styles and trends or innovative fashion designers. However, there is one social group that continues to be heavily impacted by the social constructs formulated among those in the Western society: women. More specifically, women have become extremely subject to upholding the absurd beauty standards set by modern society. With the implemented preconceived notion that beauty is derived from being tall, thin, and hourglassed shaped, women have resorted to unhealthy eating trends to compensate for their low self esteem. With the considerable amount of research conducted on how Western culture influences eating disorders upon young women, it was reported that