False Realities In Social Media

False Realities A girl opens a magazine and all she sees is super thin models page after page. The girl only wishes to look like these glorified women but doesn’t realize that this body image isn’t normal. As social media continues to evolve women of all ages are continuously growing more and more self-conscious because beauty standards and body images are growing more and more unattainable. Fashion campaigns are often attacked for promoting unhealthy body images and for good reason. These campaigns are often linked to the promotion of unrealistic body images, which is often linked to triggering eating disorders among many women. As social media platforms and fashion continue to evolve, so do the amount of subcultures that encourage eating …show more content…
This constant shifting in expectations for women have created many fitness challenges that are harming. For example, a trending challenge is the “A4 challenge”, which is basically someone holding up a letter size piece of paper (8.5”x 11”) vertically and if it hides your waistline, you are considered paper thin (Meyers). This is just one of the many examples of how social media has taken a toll on women. Medical professor, Zhang Darong, at Peking University said it best “"Society 's pursuit of a certain body type or facial feature style is harming the youth a lot." Seeing how heavily America’s fashion industry influences other parts of the world should only make us want stricter and healthier …show more content…
These platforms have only created beauty standards that are usually unattainable through a healthy diet and exercise routine and have resorted women to lose weight in lethal manners. Internet subcultures have also been created to “motivate” women to lose the weight. Example of these subcultures include pro-ana websites and hash tags such as “#thinspiration and #thininspo, all of which are used to justify these eating disorders as a lifestyle instead of a problem. Although, America has one of the lowest BMI standards for women; countries such as France have already created laws to help diminish this problem. Western fashion culture is not only popular in its origin but in other countries as well. China has had an increase in eating disorders because of the heavy influence American catwalks have created, more of a reason to start creating regulations. Although social media and fashion campaigns aren’t the only reasons behind these disorders, they are definitely a big contributing factor and should be more responsible for their influences on

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