DEFINING BODY IMAGINGo “Body Image” refers toa persons feelings ofthe aesthetics andsexual attractivenessof his or her own body.o A persons sense oftheir own physicalappearance, usually inrelation to others or inrelation to somecultural "ideal," canshape his or her bodyimage.“A persons sense of their own physical appearance, usually in relation to others or in relation tosome cultural "ideal," can shape his or her body image.”
DEFINING BODY IMAGINGo “Body Image” refers toa persons feelings ofthe aesthetics andsexual attractivenessof his or her own body.o A persons sense oftheir own physicalappearance, usually inrelation to others or inrelation to somecultural "ideal," canshape his or her bodyimage.BODY IMAGE IS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE MEDIA
DOSOMETHING.ORGhttp://www.dosomething.org/DoSomething.org is the country’s largestnot-for-profit for young people and socialchange consisting of 1,666,208 memberswho stand up for causes they care about.• Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting toachieve their ideal body shape.(Sadly, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans inthe media.)• Studies show that the more reality television a young girl watches, the more likely she isto find appearance important.• In a survey, more than 30 percent of women agreed they would consider cosmeticsurgery in the future. The statistics remain constant.• Students, especially women, who consume more mainstream media, place a greaterimportance on sexiness and overall appearance than those who do not consume asmuch.• 58 percent of college-aged girls feel pressured to be a certain weight.
THE MEDIAThe media showcases an UNREALISTICimage of what women are supposed to looklike.Places like:• MAGAZINES• TELEVISION & MOVIES• ADVERTISEMENTS• MODELS• SOCIAL MEDIA Social Media has gradually become TVsnumber one competitor in influencing youngwomens’ overall body image as it hasbecome such a huge part of our society.
MAGAZINESPeople – models are thinner than 98% ofAmerican girls and women – 98%! Thesad thing is that our young women don’trealize this and are constantly comparingthemselves to these UNREALISTIC images”
TELEVISION• Primetime Drama and Reality Television: associates thinness with other desirableattributes such as wealth and desirability (ex. Gossip Girl)• Fashion Show Runway Shows: Exhibits ultra-thin models and the ideal size for trendyclothing (Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show)• Grammy, Emmy, Oscar Awards: SOME Celebrities airbrushed and thin“In a study of girls in grades 1,3 & 5, I found that the total amount of television that young girlswatched was significantly associated with their overall body-size dissatisfaction. For fifthgraders, the number of hours of television watched was significantly related to a preferencefor thinness.The results of this study are alarming both because of the girls age and because researchhas identified body dissatisfaction as a risk factor for severe eating disorders.”DANIELLE Z. KASSOW, Ph.D.
SOCIAL MEDIA• Filters, Blur, & Zoom focus• 5 Ways to Look Even Better onInstagram (BelleSugar)“Either way, the picture is changed and the image is different,more enhanced, less realistic than the original. How does thisaffect body image? Having a more tanned, whiter smile, anddark features makes many people look more attractive, somewould say. Is this changing the way we view others in reality? Dowe feel some kind of deceit when we see these people in reallife as opposed to in a picture that has been edited withInstagram? These questions are important to ask because astime goes by, more and more pictures are being edited andInstagrams popularity is taking over.”BLOG - http://socialmediabodyimage.blogspot.com
• Most women of the media are young, thin, pretty,and often white.• Actresses are rarely women over the age of 40.Any women over 40 receive plastic surgery to lookyounger.The image of "perfection" is becomingfurther and further out of reach…
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