The media, social networks, and an extensive amount of peer pressure influences how teens and adults both should view themselves. Today, there are many organizations and campaigns whose main goal is to configure the way media identifies “perfect” as. 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.
Many individuals also are against the idea that changing what the media portrays will not make any difference in how individuals feel about themselves. Eileen Zurbriggen, professor in the psychology department at the University of California Santa Cruz, conducted an experiment with undergraduate women and exposed them to models fromCosmopolitan, Vogue, and Glamour magazines. She concluded that these young women were more indicated more eating habits, negative mood states, and lower self-esteem than women not exposed to such magazines. If true, this would in fact prove that the media does have much to do with why individuals have such a negative body image about themselves. For those who do not believe it will make a difference, more studies like this one should be done with all aspects of the media, from advertisements, movies, social media even shopping sites. I believe the media has a lot to do with my people wishing their bodies were different, and it has a lot do to with not seeing their body figures on the television or on the internet.
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. 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.