How Does Media Affect The Emotional Health Of Young Women?

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According to studies done recently by DoSomething and the National Eating Disorders Association, 70% of girls believe that they are not good enough (“11 Facts,” 2015), 42% of first to third grade girls want to lose weight, and 81% of 10 year olds fear being overweight (“NEDA,” 2013). From this information, it is clear that there is a problem in the emotional health of young women. So, where does it stem from? There is no question that women 's emotional health has been affected by the media. Television, music, and social media all have a profound impact on people in general. A study done by Simon Sinek showed that when an individual hears a notification on their phone, a chemical called dopamine is released. This is the same chemical that is released when an addict receives the substance they are addicted to (“Simon Sinek”). Media can easily become an addiction, and it has created another way to feed the addiction of needing to be liked. Women seek approval. Pop culture and the …show more content…
Take, for instance, the Victoria 's Secret Fashion Show, which is watched by millions of women across the world. Every woman that walks across the stage looks like they have not eaten in weeks, and some of them have not. A few years ago, Victoria 's Secret came out with a campaign labeled #IamPerfect, which, essentially, glorified thin bodies. Victoria 's Secret has been known for its body shaming for years. So, how does this affect the women who watch the fashion shows and see these ads? Well, according to a recent study, 44% of girls that are in high school are trying to lose weight, 20% will go through depression before they become adults, and 70% completely avoid regular daily activities when they feel insecure (“11 Facts”). This is not surprising, mostly because women are taught to compare themselves to each

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