Beauty And The Body Essay
The media at its current state has disastrous effects on teenage girls and needs to change.
Beauty and the Body
One of the biggest things teenage girls worry about and dislike about themselves is their weight and body type. They worry about their bodies so much because the female form is heavily emphasized in the media. If a female celebrity gains just a slight amount of weight, everyone goes nuts because it doesn’t fit the mold of “beautiful.” One group of teenage girls described what they thought was prettiest or the “ideal.” They described “pretty” as a girl who is “5 ft. 7 in., 100 lb., size 5, with …show more content…
Adolescent girls are trying to achieve the high standards of beauty, but are struggling with doing it healthily, often result to altering their eating and developing disordered eating habits. Studies show that girls ages 10-25 with already low self-esteem and are shown thin-ideal media over long periods of time are far more likely to develop an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa (Blaivas, Levine, & Murnen, 2002). Eating disorders are defined as a “definite disturbance of eating habits or weight control behavior” that “results in a significant impairment of physical health or psychological functioning” (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). According to Fairburn and Harrison (2003), some of the predisposition to eating disorders is hereditary, but is triggered and pushed over the edge by environmental factors such as peer competition, family, and