The Bad Effects Of The Mass Media And Body Image

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Nowadays, media has influenced the public and society especially on body image. Body image can be described as a representation of how a person feels about and sees their body. People’s self image can be affected by their own perceptions and by the feedback from the person of those around them (McVey, Murphy & Harrison, 2008). A poor body image can causes many negative psychological and physical effects. Today, not only western culture, people from all over the word has an obsession with being skinny, look perfect and also wanted to look like their idols that they have been admired especially from the media. Public should be aware that the mass media is not only give bad effects to the body image such as influencing people to change their appearances and wasting money, in contradiction, it also provides us with benefits such as encouraging people to improve self image and live in a healthy lifestyles.

Mass media, the various means of communication designed to reach a large portion of the public, include but are not limited to film, radio, television, advertising, popular music, the internet, newspaper, and magazines (Sociology Organization, 2011). According to Just Say Yes Organization (n.d), due to the influenced from the media on self image, based on a research by Duke University, stated that 40% of the girls have started diet at the age of 9 and 10-year-old. Another survey by Rader Program, based on a survey that have been conducted by People magazine stated that 80%

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