Body Image

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Body Image

The effect of media on women’s body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization, and disordered eating appears to be stronger among young adults than children and adolescents. This may suggest that long-term exposure during childhood and adolescence lays the foundation for the negative effects of media during early adulthood.

Long Term Exposure?

The most common way women internalize these body ideals are through social comparison, cultivation, and self-schema. ''The main argument is that people compare themselves on many different dimensions with other individuals who are similar to them.'' We have a tendecy as humans to naturally compare each other and become disastisfied if we have differences. Cultivation of the ideal body is ''that repetitive exposure to such images influences women's abilities to understand that such standards are unrealistic.''

Top five most unrealistic body goals for women are:*Thigh gap*V-cut abs*Toned arms*Concave stomach*Narrow Hips & Small Butt

Body Image & Social Media

*Top 5*

One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies.This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

In an intereview with BBC News, a now 20 year-old Kelsey Hibberd shares her experience with bullying and the effects of social media on her confidence and self -esteem. She became increasingly conscious of even tiny things such as the shape of her eyebrows and size of her forehead. With access to photos at the touch of a few buttons, others have the power to scrutinize and anonymously bully from the safety of their screens. She now runs Loud Education, a mentoring program about teaching teens to deal with body confidence issues.''It was all about my body and how I looked ''-Kelsey

Body Image Video

''No dieting or fitness regime is going to change your bone structure'' - excercise physiologist Polly de Mille

BBC News

The mindset that a person can never be ''too rich or too thin'' is all too prevalent in society, and it makes it difficult for females to achieve any level of contentment with their physical appearance. There has been a plethora of research to indicate that women are negatively affected by constant exposure to models that fulfill the unrealistic media ideal of beauty.


Megan Brush