Prof. Scottie Priesmeyer
ENG Comp 102: Media & illusions
5 September 2012
Body Image & Advertising
Due to media, bodies and images in America are no longer unique to each person as they once were before. Body image years ago were very different than it is now. Back then, there was no cultural expectation as to how you are supposed to look. In opposition to now, it used to be desirable for women to have curves and large hips. The media today is making our young teenagers pressured into looking like the models on television and in fashion magazines. Advertising creates illusions and emphasize the importance about what an individual should look like through television, magazines, billboards and internet in attempt to sell products. “Commercials want you to worry about zits and clean pores, about your hair being shiny enough, about how muscular you are, and how much you weigh. They push at me, bring it up more in my mind (2)”. Media outlets such as commercials and television put such an impression on people that they all want to go out and buy this product or look this way. Today, the media is an inseparable part of a teenager’s life. An obsession with the way an individual’s body looks can lead to severe and dangerous behaviors mentally, such as developing an eating disorder. When someone starts to judge their body and point out the imperfections, they might go as far as eating disorders because they aren't happy with the way their body looks. “The ideal of slimness permeates almost every layer of our society” (3). Society and the media show that if you want to be worth anything as a woman you have to be thin. This is teaching teenagers to rely on superficial appearances instead of their mind. Exposure to mass media such as TV, magazines and Internet are correlated with obesity and negative body image, which may lead to disordered eating. Women absorb the ideal body images that the media repeatedly bombs them with. They become miserable with...
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