Ellen Goodman's Impact On Culture And Body Image

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In the past month, I have researched three articles dealing with culture and body image. This topic remains vital in today’s age for it has dangerous effects and outcomes. People tend to strive to do their best to be socially accepted even when it came to dangerous measure. Not only not being accepted, a few are bullied and judge for how they look, which is not right for people to do. The controversy intended for this topic is to stop others from aiming to look and be like someone else. Also for people to stop trying to force them to be like anyone else. I don’t have a personal experience with my own body image, but my brother. When he stood around ten or eleven, he began to eat more and it showed. He was constantly picked on about his weight. …show more content…
Goodman talks about women from Fuji, once thinking bigger was beautiful, then took a turn to dangerous measures to become thinner. These women start taking the dangerous path by not eating to do so. “Within 38 months, the number of teenagers at risk doubled to 29 percent. The number if high school girls who vomited for weight control went up five times to 15 percent. Even worse, 74 percent of the Fiji teens in the study said they felt like they were either too big or too fat at least, some of the time and 62 percent said they had dieted in the past month.” (502) This happened because they were exposed to American television, the actors were thin and it was considered beautiful. “In 1995 television came to the island and females in particular, saw what the “beautiful” image for American women was. “(502) It’s crazy to consider that these women who were once confident, become insecure and wanted to change to look similar to …show more content…
Just because of how they appear, people spread rumors and say cruel words to and about them. “Bullying and Body Image” is similar to the “The Culture Bites Fuji” and “Kids as young as 5 Concerned About Body Image,” as they both discuss body image and the harms it causes. Also, they all talk about turning to the extremes for dieting and later cause eating disorders. They also have an influence on why they want to change and be socially accepted. The difference been this article is that it explains the bullying side of the problem, which is also a key cause of them harming themselves. ““Bullying and Body Image” gave me a different prospective of the bullying side and made me understand why young adults do the things they do to lose weight or gain to fit

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