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How to Fix The Problem

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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My Position

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.magazines

Analyzing the Issue

For generations now, the media has been portraying images of what exactly the “perfect” body looks like. Every generation has had its time in which they obsessed over skinny leg and thigh gabs to large butts and thick thighs. The obsession has grown so strong that individuals have drastically shifted their life to be just like what they see in the media. For example, the most “perfect” body our generation is obsessing over is a women with hips, a larger butt, and bigger thighs. Whereas before it used to be ideal to have skinny legs with the infamous thigh gap. Either way, women all around the world are being extremely self-conscious and have the worst body image about themselves ever. Women, and men alike, fall victim to this stereotype of what the perfect body looks like and spend their days focusing on what is wrong with themselves and how they need to follow insane diets and workout routines to make it better. Now, what exactly is better? Is better some idea the446863195_8cf88b4aa8 media has brainwashed into our head to make us realize that what we see really is not better, nor is it realistic. Should the media itself be restricted to the images it portrays in the world today to better protect individuals from the harsh consequences of having negative body images?

I believe what individuals do not realize is the effects the media truly has on our society today. Take yourself for instance, do you ever watch television or read a magazine and just say to yourself “I wish I had her abs,” or “I wish I had biceps like him?” Now although this does seem so minuscule that it doesn’t seem worth it to change the entire media, what about the individuals who truly wish they had that stomach or those biceps where they begin to work for them. Those individuals who lose control on their main goals in life and solely begin to obsess with what is wrong with their bodies, and not what is right. I believe the media should be restricted to what they display for the fact that do they do not display true images. Individuals are idealizing bodies and figures on the media that have gone through a great amount of editing that it unrealistic. In this generation today, there are wide range of different body types, so why should the media only display out what they perceive as “perfect.” Personally, I believe to help aid these individuals with their insecurities we first have to start off with great role models. I believe if the United States were to have restrictions, it would greatly affect the idea of how the “perfect” body should look like. Ultimately, I would hope that such restrictions would embrace more full figured models and show universal body types in the world.

Bill, Please!

In today’s culture, everywhere we turn there are numerous amounts of skinny models and actors in advertisements, on the television, and in movies. These models are idealized by individuals across the country that wish to have a figure just like them. It happens not only in the states, but overseas as well. Emi Boscamp, editor of Mind Body Green, explains that France is apparently close to passing a bill that would ban very thin models from being presented in advertisements as well as fashion shows. If true, this could possibly conclude that the media does in fact have something to do with individuals having a negative body image of themselves. Passing this bill would make unattainable beauty standards so out of fashion that it will be illegal.

The main reason why I provided this article is to identify the health problems along with thin models in the media. In France, it is estimated that 30,000-40,000 individuals suffer from anorexia, and of those ninety percent consist of young women. The health minister of France believes that it is important for models to truly be able to say that they eat well and take care of themselves. I believe this is greatly important, especially in our country. In 2014, it was estimated that around 78.6 million Americans are suffering from obesity. Personally, I believe to help aid these individuals, we first have to start off with great role models. Especially in our culture we idealize celebrities and models so much that we often wish to be just like them. We take the time to change our diets and go to the gym every day of the week to do so. I believe in the United States were to pass a bill like so, it would greatly affect the idea of how the “perfect” body should look like. Ultimately, I would hope that this bill would embrace more full figured models and show universal body types in the world.

What the companies who convey these ideas do not understand the consequences that it has on society, much less do they really care. In France, on the other hand, companies who hire skinny models would be fined 75,000 euros ($80,000). Not only would they pay the price, but whoever was responsible for hiring the models could possibly go to jail. The classifications of what a thin model is having a body mass of at least 18 (about 121 pounds at 5 feet 7 inches). Again, American companies are very serious of course when it comes to their money, not only that but their freedom as well. If this bill were to be passed, it would seem quite obvious that a decrease in thin models and anorexics would occur. It is sad to think that people have to be threaten to lose money and be sent to jail to realize that the models they use are actually having negative effects on individuals all across the world.

Know Your Stuff

              There are many individuals across the world that are struggling with the negative views of their body image. I believe what these individuals are lacking is the education of what exactly body image if, what effects it, and the reality of such effects. Provided below are a few articles that I believe everyone should read to better understand why others around them, or themselves alone, are having such a negative body image. Often, it is due to the fact that they are idealizing figures in the media that are nearly impossible to achieve.

1) Body Image

With this article, I believe individuals will have a better understanding on exactly what body image is. It does not simply mean how we physically perceive our body, but how we react to it mentally, emotionally, visually, and physically. By reading this article, readers will be able to better realize how the media effects people’s body image. The media sets standards of what the “normal” or “perfect” body appearances look like. If individuals are more aware of what exactly their body image is and how having a positive body perspective reduces the chances of eating disorders and a lower self-esteem, this will act as a shield to block the media’s harsh messages.

2) Truths on Photoshop

Within this article, individuals will be able to understand how the media configures the human body in ways that are unimaginable. Throughout all aspects of the media, there are numerous amount of manipulated image made to display the “perfect” body. Men, women, and children alike are all given false ideas of what a perfect body is and are trying to work for such body that is simply a figment of our imaginations. I hope people will take out of this article that some things do not always look as they seem.

3) Disordered Eating

Throughout this article, it goes into full explanation of what certain disorders are sometimes blamed for because of the media. Not only does it go into complete detail about where these disorders come from, the symptoms, and an universal examples for its audience, is also provides easy to follow steps to help with the problems. These steps range from telling the individual to educate themselves on the disorder, all the way to providing a journal to help cope with the issue. Individuals with out without these certain disorders should read this article to realize why these disorders occur and ways to treat them. Reading this article not only educates individuals about the disorders, but also includes the larger picture of how the media effects all of us.

4) Weight Management

In our generation, there are numerous trends to try and lose weight, such as diet pills or following extreme diet plans. Many individuals, including myself, do not really understand what it means to either be underweight or obese. If individuals take this time to read the article and understand what percentage of body fat they should have, the amount of calories they have in a day, and if they need to lose weight, they will have a better perspective of their own body. If we can understand all of these aspects of our body we then come up with a fitness plan that best fits our body.

5) Love Your Body

Although this simply lists ways to “love” your body, I feel as if it is essential for individuals to read. This article lists ways to love your body, and after I have read it myself I think of my body in an all different way. It may be cliché and some may think it is unhelpful, but I believe people reading this will take in the severity of my issue. Many individuals do not take or think of their body in these certain ways, and I believe if we all understand how we should treat or body, we can all act as role models for those who already have a negative body issue and preventing other to having one as well.

Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

The media, social networks, and an extensive amount of peer pressure influences how teens and adults both view themselves. The media constantly displays to individuals how their body should look and that nothing else matters but their appearance. Today, there are many organizations and campaigns whose main goal is to configure the way media identifies “perfect” as. They try to inform children, parents, and mentors how important is it to have a positive body image, and to love their body. I believe, on the other hand, that what individuals fail to recognize is the severity of having a negative body image. I believe many individuals are overlooking the bigger issue that media causes. It is not solely giving individuals self-esteem issues, but along with issues that effect them mentally, they effect physically as well as.

The pressure on women to look and behave in certain ways is heavily incorporated in our culture. It is often easy to oversee the impact that culture has on how we feel about ourselves and our bodies. Watching TV, reading magazines, newspapers, or surfing the internet it is all we see are airbrushed images of perfect bodies of women. Women and theirmagazines body parts sell everything from food to cars. Images of female bodies are everywhere. According to a study by Body Image concluded that looking at magazines for just 60 minutes lowers the self-esteem of more than 80% of girls. It is astonishing to believe that girls this young are already worrying about what the perfect body shape it. Parents, mentors, and leaders of today’s society need to advise to children that many images of media are passive and only represent one dimensional physical beauty. They need to give others the motivation to have a critical eye when looking at media. Give realistic examples, like Photoshop or airbrushing, to show why they should not waste their time and energy to compare themselves to those in the media. These messages given by the media send tells “normal” women that the female body is always in need of adjustment and the female body is an object to be perfected. We fail to realize that having a lower self-esteem can be linked to depression, and the development of unhealthy eating habits in women and girls.

There are a great amount of disorders that individuals have that the media can sometimes be put at blame for. Body dysmorphia is a type of perception disorder derived from Anorexia Nervosa. When individuals look at themselves in the f136d531ad09f1a7bc1535b8a9a6b9ebmirror, they actually think they look overweight, when they are not. They tend to starve themselves, over-exercise, and are very underweight. Of course we cannot put the full blame on the media for girls having this type of disorder, but some should be placed on the mentors, parents, and leaders of today. When the media displays these incredibly skinny models that are sometimes unrealistically photo shopped, individuals tend to have this mindset that because the model is in a magazine or commercial, they are socially more acceptable and accepted, and begin to become self-conscious about their own body and want to make a change. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, seventy percent of six to twelve year olds want to be thinner. With media displaying anything all over, young girls are subjected to these images and giving them the idea of what the perfect body looks like. Starting at such a young age constantly obsessing about their body and how they look physically, they will slowly begin to show signs of such life threatening eating disorders.

Media and Body Image

The importance of one accepting their body image is very important for our generation to realize. In our generation, technology plays a major role in our lifestyle today. We can communication through text messages, we can surf the web away from a desktop, watch television and shop all in just the palm of our hands. With the media controlling a major part of why individuals have an issue with their body image, I believe they have the power and money to make a difference. Everywhere we look there are billboards, movies, and commercials that all display how the ideal body should look. Corporations fundamentally rely on their consumers’ need to improve their appearance to then buy their products.

The media tries to make money without worrying about what type of message they are relaying off to people. If a fashion industry puts shirt on a model that does not look right, no one watching the commercial or shopping on the online site will want to purchase the item. I believe that these type of companies should not have Photoshop or simply use only “skinny” A016_610_309.jpgmodels to sell their clothing. In our generation, we have individuals that are small, skinny, short, fat, tall, wide, thin, thick, and the list goes on. There are numerous examples in the media where the most beautiful girls are used to sell various amounts of items. One famous example would be the notorious Carls Jr. commercials that claim to only be selling food. For years now, these commercials have used numerous amount of women to sell their most recent food. In reality, they are obviously highlighting more of what the women have to offer than the food. When women watch these types of commercials, it makes them feel insecure about themselves because they do not look like these models, or have the body type like they do. These commercials are creating an increasingly immense problem with women having a negative attitude on their body image.

If the companies think about it, if they spread their horizon and not only sell to one type, they could have an opportunity to make more money. For example, for years the most common Barbie doll was skinny with blue eyes and blonde hair. Throughout generations it has created various amounts of dolls that are African American dolls, Chinese dolls, red haired Lammily-vs-barbie-via-justforfunziestoysDOTComBarbie dolls and many other types. Although Mattel began to differentiate Barbie’s with different look, if you notice, they were never able to change the sizes of the dolls. Recently there has been a company that’s main focus is on a more realistic “Normal Barbie.” Lammily has created a doll that was based off an average 19 year old woman’s body. Not only do they sell a more realistic doll, they sell stickers, called Lammily Marks, that are made to look like acne, tattoos, stretch marks, and even scars. The Lammily doll is the first fashion doll made according to typical human body proportions to promote realistic beauty standards and help children develop a positive body image. The creator of the Lammily doll, Nickolay Lamm, wished to create a doll to display to children that “average is beautiful.” I believe the media should make more realistic type of messages like this for children and even people of our generation now that actually look realistic. I believe the media needs to be more optimistic and realize that more types of women, men as well, will be more acceptable to purchase your item if it is realistic and fits them. Money would not be a problem, but in fact they can make more money if they help and promote being whatever body type you are, whatever body scars you have, whatever self-esteem problems you have is actually beautiful in its own way.

Turning to the most important topic of having a positive body image, individuals must be comfortable with their body, but they also need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now, I do not mean to starve themselves until they are skinny or eat nothing but fast food because they are anorexic. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means keeping a well-balanced diet and amount of exercise that fits to one’s own body. If this means going to the doctor body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd-300x264and creating a plan that works best with you. The media is creating an extensive amount of mental and physical disorders by trying to portray the “perfect image.” Men and women alike are more likely to be depressed when watching such commercials or magazine articles that show off qualities that are sometimes impossible to achieve. Individuals are obtaining eating disorders because they do not want to be too fat, or they over eat because they want to be “thick,” or have a bigger butt. There is a disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BBD), where people are constantly worrying about their real or perceived flaws every waking hour of the day. Most commonly found in adolescents and teens, research shows that it affects men and women almost equally. With the media’s help, such people with this disorder have to go through their daily lives looking at television commercials or movies, magazines, and even toy dolls that show more reasons why they should not like their body even more. I hope individuals in this generation educate themselves about what the media and advertisements, and the real purpose behind them. This is an era of media saturation, content variation and technological development, where it is increasingly difficult even for those with an interest in understanding the world to tell what is “real.”