Media's Negative Effects On Body Image In Women

The media negatively affects body image in women by setting an unattainable thin ideal for women that has been accepted by a majority of people. An experiment was conducted in which a website, targeted at teenage girls, allowed users to create their own celebrity images. A shocking number of these girls made themselves appear thin, with blonde hair and white skin. (Heubeck). Through their portrayal of women, this “ideal” has been set by the media. However, most women cannot achieve this ideal, which leads to guilt, negative body image, and body dissatisfaction.

Body Image
Body image is how a person perceives their appearance, and the resulting thoughts and feelings (“NEDC”). The terms ‘body image’ and ‘self-esteem’ are often interchangeable.
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