Western culture today glorify the idea of thin women and refer to such women as beautiful and perfect. Such body image ideals are the reason for the development of poor body images that young girls have between the ages of 10-18.Boys as young as 14 years old are being found to use anabolic steroids in an attempt to gain muscles. It is usually assumed that negative body image issues are present in girls and women only, but this is not the case. Men and boys suffer from negative body image issues too, but they are less likely to admit to being affected than girls and women are because it is socially unacceptable for men care about what they look like. A poor body image can cause eating disorders such as anorexia where the women or girl will prevent herself from gaining weight by severely reducing her intake of food, vomiting after every meal or substitute food intake by eating cotton wool.
On the same note, the average model portrayed in the media is approximately 5’1 1” and 120 pounds. By contrast, the average American woman is 5’4“ and 140 pounds (Wolf, 1991). On top of that, less than 10% of female television characters are overweight or of average weight (Gonzalez-Lavin & Smolak, 1995; Heinberg, 1996). II. Various media sources such as fashion and fitness magazines, television, movies, music videos, advertising, and social networks promotes ‘thin
Position Paper In today’s society, media has a large influence on the public. Television, newspapers, and magazines all work together to sway the opinions of people and help them form the way they see the world. One of the problems with media influencing personal opinions includes stereotyping, especially regarding gender. How media depicts genders controls the way society evolves. The way women are portrayed in media today is not helping their advancement.
Society puts too much pressure on females to have the perfect body. The emphasis for a girls ideal body to be perfect, thin, but curvy at the same time affects women emotionally and causes them feelings of, body dissatisfaction, can cause eating disorders, and major psychological issues.
Looking forward, there are cars, busses, taxi cars, and other transportation vehicles with the same type of advertisements. The people walking on the street are either talking on their phones or looking down at them. Their phones have several different types of ads, communication tools, and social apps. All of these are considered to be media; with media all around us today it affects the way society works. According to Google definitions, “media” means, “the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet),
Media is a very powerful and influential tool, it has the power to alter our thoughts, opinions and beliefs. Media can be bias and can manipulate us and block’s us to see the reality. We tend to believe everything we see on our favorite TV shows, Movies or in the news. Media can influence people in both positive and negative ways. It can either help a person be more aware of different viewpoints and perspectives and encourages them to be broad minded or it can make people bias and less tolerant of others due to the misrepresentation of certain groups of people, as they tend to blindly believe everything they watch on TV shows or Movies.
The signs that a women with a negative self/body image may display are avoiding social situations due to their appearance, always wearing heavy makeup, believing that they would be happier with themselves if they change the way they look and believing that the way she looks prevents her from doing certain activities. These ideas thus increases the women’s body image anxiety especially around people who are unfamiliar to her or people who are said to be perfect. A slight minority of women do recover from having body images issues, but for many women it remains to be a life long struggle where they will continue to battle with their self-image and self-concept for their entire
According to an analysis by UK think- tank policy exchange, in the year 2016 women had only 25% of the board membership of the country’s four major broadcasters. The reason why the impact of media on individuals is so solid because the members of the society tend to develop their ethic/cultural values, norms and their set standards of behaviour as well as the process to view the world through learning from their social environment and their social experience. More importantly, media is also responsible for inculcating those certain rigid values which are main stream values created by the very own society in which we live in. As a conclusion, individuals who are uncovered to the impact of mass media from childhood acquire cultural norms and values
Different expectations can be seen such as,  Women who are 5’10” and weighed only 120 pounds are considered thin, in fact this is also considered as underweight which is unhealthy. The thin female body-type decrease the body satisfaction in adolescents and young adult females. All these images of women presented in social media can affect one’s mental health and self-esteem negatively. Mental health issues and body dissatisfaction can arise from body shaming.  When people experience their physical bodies as in some way unattractive, undesirable and a source of a ‘shamed self’ they are at risk of psychological distress and disorders.