The Body Image Of America Essay

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The Female Body Image in America

Hips or no hips? Over the hundreds of years that have passed each decade or so has an “ideal” body. That creates the idea that something is always desirable and anything other, not, which establishes a beauty standard. The idea of a beauty standard creates a culture and tradition that women feel the need to fulfill. This idea of a desirable body is terrifying. The tradition wreaks havoc on today’s young girl and women’s body images from birth, encourages body shaming, kills their self-esteem, and leads to eating disorders. The right and wrong body impression that America has created for its women is unrealistic and impossible to achieve. On top of that, the body image strengthened by the media is leading American women and girls down a severe path of self- loathing and self- hatred. America must stop while they can.
From day one of a girl’s life she is expected by the media to look a certain way or be a certain person. The media promotes young girls to desire a certain body type by exposing them to it through ads, movies, magazine articles social media, and many others. For example, the classic Disney princesses, which contains the subliminal promotion of appallingly thin waist sizes. In fact, according to ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Diseases), “42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner”, which is an astonishing statistic. In all Disney princess movies the princesses’ eye width of their faces is larger…

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