Addressing body image issues in young
girls and women is extremely important.
There is a serious problem when a majority of
young girls and women are dissatisfied with
their bodies. Although there may be different
causes for low body self-esteem, the media
appears to be the main cause of body
Unbalanced Diet Regimes
Even Complete Isolation or Covering
Developing serious body image
See every imperfection
when looking in the
Frightened by the image
in the mirror
1 in 100 people suffer
intense anxiety when
they look in the mirror.
This intense anxiety is
classified as the serious
• Caused by childhood
trauma, abuse, or neglect
• Reward of a response to the
reaction for the image
• Expression of emotions too
difficult to convey, expressed
in image issues and disorders
•Within three years of imported U.S. television
broadcasting of thin female images in
Figi, an 11.9% increase in bulimia occurred
among Fijian adolescent girls, who were once
healthier and heavier
•Media’s marketing of thin, Westernized body
images impacted entire cultures
• Ex. Barbie dolls linked to girls age 5-7
lower body esteem directly after
• 70% of nine year-olds are dieting
Early to young
•“Multibillion-dollar industry that
thrives by distracting women away
from a focus on what bodies do,
overwhelming instead with images of
how they ought to look” (Graydon).
Ninety-nine percent of magazine images of
women are photoshopped: airbrush, trim
body parts, correct hair, make thinner, or, if
too skinny, smooth over ribs or bones that
Diet products and food products are owned
and marketed by same companies.
Television and reality shows market the
“perfect” body on a regular basis.
dimples, change teeth
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“Child is being
unwittingly prepared for
blandishments of the
beauty, style, food, and
diet industries” (Orbach).
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Reveal theTruth About Media Images
EducateYoung GirlsThrough Intervention
Programs in School
Play Short Media LiteracyVideo Clips
Between Programs and Online
Intervention Programs andVideos Include:
Presentation of how media alters almost every
image prior to publication
Provide Statistics of the Average Female Body
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