The media, social networks, television, movies and advertisements are having an extensive amount of peer pressure of achieving the perfect body. In today’s society, body image is one of the most persuading factor whether or not someone will be accepted or left out, or so many believe. Many individuals focus on trying to have the ideal body, makeup or hair style, or ultimately the perfect them. Many, though, do not believe that they are already perfect because of what they perceive in the media, is in fact not their body image. This ultimately leads men, women, and children having a negative body image that can often lead to depression and eating disorders. Many individuals are blind and ignorant to the fact that many images they see in the media are not so “perfect” as they think. Often, many of these images are not portraying universal body images that we see on the streets, and the bodies that they do display are digitally altered. In an era of media saturation, content variation, and technological development, it is increasingly difficult for individuals to tell what is “real.” The solution to individuals having negative body image of themselves would be to regulate what the media is allowed to display in our society.
Body image is considered the way people see themselves and the image of how they look. Having a positive image often means that individuals see themselves accurately, feel good about the way they look as well as feel comfortable in their body. When individuals have a negative body image, they feel self-conscious, ashamed, and uncomfortable in their body. These individuals tend to starve themselves, over-exercise, and are very underweight. Individuals with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, they place an incredibly high value on controlling their weight and shape. They have a distorted perception of their body image, so even if they are at a normal healthy body weight, they see otherwise. Since we live in a media saturated world, many of these individuals suffering are exposed to images that inaccurately display images of how they should look. The media give off these messages of how the body should look, while these body types are sometimes often unrealistic and unachievable for most individuals. On top of displaying unrealistic, or fake, body images, the media fails to display images of more common body types in society.
One way that individuals can embrace their bodies and have more positive body images is not focusing on it. When individuals see things in the media that are describing how to fix their body and perfect their hair, it is difficult not to worry about such things. If one were to search “teen magazine”, Seventeen, one would soon realize that it is not specifically just for all teen, but specifically teenage girls. Since 1944, the teen magazine has been informing girls from ages ten to nineteen about all the hottest fashion, beauty and dating tips. According to the Keep It Real campaign, 80 percent of all ten year old girls have dieted at least once in their life. At such a young age, young girls are being influences that the only thing they need to focus on are their bodies and looks. If images in the media are restricted to what they can display along with the correct messages, girls and individuals of all ages will respect their bodies
I believe to help our society have a more positive body image, the media should be restricted to what they display. What many individuals fail to realize is that many people are influenced by what they see, in this case, role models. If the media portrayed an image more relative to normal body figures, especially in today’s culture, everybody will have a role model that will encourages individuals to embrace the bodies they have. Overall, individuals of all ages are subject to the harsh messages the media display. From magazines, to social networks, this idea of what perfect is surrounds our day-to-day lives, and we have no control over it, or so we think. The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Since this agency is overseen by congress, citizens of America have authority to change the messages. By voting for individuals in congress who understand the problem that comes with these messages in the media and are interested in changing it takes a step towards making a difference. The media should have restriction of what types of body images they display on their networks. Now, this does not mean discriminating against the body types now displayed because there are individuals in the world with those body figures. What I mean is that they have to have a certain amount of body images that are more commonly seen in American society. Individuals of all body types, heights, shapes and sizes should be more commonly seen in the media. For the media that is not regulated by the FCC, they should have to at least be required to make aware what is digitally altered and what is not. For example, in magazines, if a modal has been digitally configured to be “perfect,” than at the bottom of the image words like “Digitally Enhanced,” or “Image Altered” should be required. Both of these ways will help our society to be able to more embrace the body that they have. . With such restrictions making these corporations use more real body images, men, women, and children will all have great role models to help them embrace their bodies and have positive body images.
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