Essay Eating Disorders and the Media

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Eating Disorders and the Media

What if you were surrounded by media messages telling you that, “people will like you more if you have the perfect body” or “being perfect makes people like you” ? How do you think young female teenagers would interpret these messages that the media are portraying? 81% of ten year old girls are afraid of being fat, of being considered ugly. Why do you think ten year olds would ever care about how they look? It’s because of the media implying that being slim is beauty. Due to the media’s brainwashing, poor self-image is one of the main causes of eating disorders in adolescent girls. The media sells products, not opinions nor facts. They will sell you anything, telling you that it will make you slimmer and
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In television, movies and teen magazines, the media portrays full body images of desperately thin female figures. The media promotes thinness as a measure of female beauty. Researchers have reported that women’s magazines have ten and one half times more ads and articles promoting how women should look like regarding to weight loss as opposed to men magazines. Television and movies (media) reinforce the importance of a thin body as a measure of a woman’s worth. The media brainwashes young female minds all the time, telling them that beauty isn’t for everyone. The media is in charge of the bombardment of messages about thinness, dieting and beauty, telling “ordinary” women that they are always in need of adjustment and that the female body is an object to be perfected. These kinds of ongoing messages are always facing some poor girl in the face, urging her to start a new diet, or convince her that there’s something wrong with her body weight, causing her to go into deep depression and start changing her eating habits for the worse. In a magazine called Teen Vogue, they tell us that, “Finding yourself and what makes you feel happy and healthy is always in fashion”. But also runs an advertisement for breast enhancements, “for you to feel more beautiful and sexier than ever” and that you’ll have more self esteem and confidence. Why does the media tells us it’s ok to just be happy like how we are and that

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