Media Pressure Research Paper

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Amber Niemi
Mrs. Bottesi
English 12
10 January 2018
Is There Too Much Pressure On Women to Have A ‘Perfect Body’? “A recent survey found that 14% of five-year old girls report that they ‘go on diets’ in an attempt to lose weight”(Hawkins, Nicole). As a result of the amount of time that young kids spend in front of a television they see many commercials that appeal to many different things including dieting advertisements. The child's mind is then altered by the advertisement to make them believe that since everyone else is doing the diet, they need to as well. Many people argue that the media pressure causes women to think that they need the “perfect look.” Many may argue that people can create their own eating and psychological disorders.
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“Society’s idea of the ‘perfect’ woman based on the average model is that she has to be 5’10” and only weigh about 120 pounds. The ideal woman also needs to be blonde, tan, have big breasts, young, athletic, and have no physical disabilities. To be smart doesn’t matter (“Perfect Body Image”)”. Society is setting a standard for what every woman should look like. Men are receiving an unrealistic goal on what to look for in a woman. This causes the woman who aren’t “perfect” to feel as though they are unwanted. People believe everything that they hear, “People believe that the media is the main culprit in people developing anorexia and bulimia (Tartakovsky, Margarita, MS).” More and more people are starting to believe this because since woman use social media more, it is more prone to them to feel that they need to look like ‘that famous instagramer’ to be able to feel comfortable in their own skin. This is causing women to look into starving themselves and forcibly making themselves vomit so they don’t gain any weight. Peer competition causes the most negative outcomes for body image (Staff, Live Science). Peer competition causes negative outcomes on body image by making women’s self esteem go down because they dont look like all of their friends. Another negative outcome is that they feel as though …show more content…
Accessed Dec 4,2017, Web. Everyone has a slightly different view of what the perfect body is. The “standard” for what people look up to and aspire to obtain is often a dangerous life of starvation. Schulten, Katherine. “Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have 'Perfect' Bodies?” The New York Times, The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2013. Accessed Dec. 4, 2017. Web. The media prevails to many different age groups of women and girls. They mostly target the younger girls because they are easier to influence. With so much media influence there must be an opposing force that shows that it is okay to love your body. Staff, Live Science. “Peers, Not TV, Influence Girls' Body Issues: Study.” LiveScience, Jan. 30, 2013. Accessed Dec. 4, 2017. Web. The media often plays tricks on the minds of younger women and often makes them wish to achieve a negative body image. In a study women were asked to compare themselves to their favorite television star. Yet another example of the media forcing negative

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