Media 's Influence On Society Essay

1493 Words Apr 29th, 2016 null Page
The influence media has on today’s youth is astonishing. It has become a popular platform that has a major influence on the perception and decision making of Americans. In addition to its influence, it also portrays the message that outer beauty is more important than being healthy. Advertisement companies overrun our everyday lives with unattainable images of the ideal body that everyone should strive to have. Being molded by society’s perception of attractiveness through mass media can have negative effects on the young people who consume it and can lead to a life of depression if they can not meet the standard. This feeling of defeat will become a gateway for more drastic behaviors until the goal of near perfection is achieved. Because of this, the media is responsible for the raise in eating disorders. Whereas some argue that media is not solely the blame for eating disorders, others maintain that it heavily contributes to them. These affected individuals fall victim to pressures placed upon them by society. They are almost never exposed to a realistic, achievable body types. Society focuses on trying to achieve these perfect proportions instead of being healthy and happy beings. If we shifted our focus to promoting a healthy lifestyle and educate much earlier what it means to have a positive body image, we would see a drastic decrease in body shaming and eating disorders amongst our youth.

Body dissatisfaction is a negative perception of one’s physical self. People…

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