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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Media Influence On Body Image

Body Images and The Media

Somewhere along the line we lost our ability to reason and bought into the media influence on our body images. That is the only explanation I can think of to explain what has happened over the last 30 years. What am I talking about? I'm talking about how we, that is the public in general, have allowed the media's influence on body image to convince us that we have to be 'bone racks' to be beautiful. The media has convinced us that a woman should be a size 2 and if she isn't a size 2 then she is fat. We have allowed outside influences to determine our body image and there could be nothing further from the truth.

The Media Influence On Body Image
Who says You Have To Be A Size 2

According to Health Human Services the average American woman wears a size 14 dress and weighs 140 lbs. yet the vast majority of advertisements would lead you to believe that this is not true. How many TV advertisements have you seen with women wearing size 14 clothes? The media influence on body image is everywhere you go, in everything you read, and everything you see. Somewhere along the line we have relinquished our responsibility to think as reasonable adults and have allowed the media to create a different reality, a reality that is driven by the fashion industry and their sense of "style" And what is that sense of style? That fashion "style" demands from most women that they starve themselves to fit into a smaller dress. The "style" tells them that if they cannot fit into that smaller dress then, at the very least, they are not beautiful, and at the worst they are not as valuable as someone who is thinner.

From a very young age girls are surrounded by images and advertisements that create the reality in their minds that they must be thin, have perfect teeth, and always smile to be normal. It should be no surprise that so many young girls develop eating problems. The media and the self image of girls is a very tightly woven relationship between the fashion industry, the advertising agencies and the media. Very little thought is ever given to the pressure and stress young girls feel as they try to live up to these false and unattainable expectations. It is sad that we have allowed other people to set the standards for our children. It is completely ridiculous yet we have allowed this to happen.

Media Influence On Body Image

What Is The Style The Media Wants Us to Buy Into?

This "style" is also intimately linked to the huge "look youthful" industry. We are bombarded with advertisements that tell us we must remove wrinkles, tighten our skin, and inject chemicals into your lips so that they will appear fuller. What ever happened to being contented with who we are? I am not saying that we shouldn't take care of ourselves, eat right, exercise and be aware of our appearance but at some point 'reason' must take over.

When the attention to the body image that is driven by the media becomes all consuming, when we accept what external sources tell us without question the resulting behavior becomes destructive. To base your self worth solely on your external appearance, to allow someone other than you to "decide" whether you are as good as any other person, to blindly follow "media experts" who know nothing about you, your struggles, your desires and your world is selling your self short. Never for one moment believe that you are not as valuable as anyone in this world whatever your physical appearance.

Value You For You: Don't listen to the Media Influence On Body Image

It doesn't matter whether you are a size 2 or a size 18. What matters is how you live your life, how you treat people and how you view you place in the world. Never buy into the fads of the day, never believe that someone knows you better than you know yourself and never ever relinquish the responsibility of your life, appearance, and self worth to an advertising executive or fashion designer. You are the only one who can live your life so live it in the manner that helps you fulfill your destiny in this world and always know that this world is better because you are in it. Never buy into the media influence on self image, this is not you, this is not where you can be happy or spend your life.

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