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Body Image

  1. 1. Body Image- Chapter 1 <ul><li>By: Haley Smith </li></ul>
  2. 2. Beauty <ul><li>Many women have difficulty accepting their own bodies </li></ul><ul><li>So much money is spent every year on “altering” our appearances to look and feel prettier </li></ul><ul><li>The cosmetics and beauty products industry makes over $43 billion a year from women wanting to change their appearances </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why we want to change <ul><li>The main reason for many women to want to change their looks is to attract men </li></ul><ul><li>It is known that women often feel the need to compete with others for male attention </li></ul><ul><li>In many societies, women gain a positive status when they are in relationships with men </li></ul>
  4. 4. Media affects <ul><li>Media today has exposed what the acceptable way to look in order to be beautiful is </li></ul><ul><li>Women shown in the media are often airbrushed to have perfect skin, or plastic surgery to look “perfect” </li></ul><ul><li>The media leaves out those who are disabled because they are not a sign of “perfection” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Researchers have found that ongoing exposure to certain ideas can shape and distort our perception or reality”. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people are in complete denial that the media affects them at all. The average American sees about 3,000 ads every day, and most are of fashion and beauty in women </li></ul>
  5. 5. Eating Disorders <ul><li>Eating disorders are often started because of body image </li></ul><ul><li>Women who believe they are too fat may begin starving themselves to lose weight </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult for women to realize that they need fat more than men do </li></ul><ul><li>Women who are too thin don’t menstruate and are unable to carry a child </li></ul><ul><li>Many women lack self-confidence due to the fact they are not happy with their weight because of what they are used to seeing on television and in magazines </li></ul>
  6. 6. Exposed at a young age <ul><li>Adolescents are exposed to the unhealthy messages from the media at a young age </li></ul><ul><li>In teen magazines, there are pictures that would normally be in adult magazines such as Cosmo, therefore automatically giving the adolescent girl the wrong message </li></ul><ul><li>During adolescents it is normal to gain weight due to puberty, but many go on diets because they feel fat </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Parents Can Help <ul><li>Parents with teens going through this can help by making sure they aren’t obsessing over their own weight </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to them about the media images making them realize that a lot of the women are all make up and surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Let them know that whatever makes them happy is the way they should live their life </li></ul><ul><li>Help them focus on being healthy rather than losing weight </li></ul>
  8. 8. Watching your body age <ul><li>As women get older, some feel the same as they did as an adolescent-they undergo physical and hormonal changes </li></ul><ul><li>Many of these changes can cause anxiety because they are in denial they begin to realize that they will never look the way they did when they were younger </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors are seeing more and more compulsive exercising and eating disorders in middle aged women because of the changes they are going through </li></ul><ul><li>“… aging is seen as a disease that must be cured-and the medical establishment and the beauty industry are only too happy to promote this idea”. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Accepting your body <ul><li>It’s important for women to see that the body they have, is the same body they will always have-it is extremely difficult for many women to live up to the expectations of the media and the people around them </li></ul><ul><li>Every woman is different and doesn’t always look or act the way society expects you too-it’s extremely difficult to learn to love who you are with advertisements getting in the way of that </li></ul>
  10. 10. Quote <ul><li>“ We’re rated pretty, ugly, plain-or just plain average. No one has ever asked us if we want to compete in this lifelong beauty contest. Being born female automatically makes us contestants, whether we like it or not.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Discussion Question <ul><li>Do you feel that the media impacts who you are and who you want to become? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reference <ul><li>Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Our Bodies, Ourselves. 35 th Anniversary Edition. Simon and Schuster: New York. 2005. </li></ul>