The Influence Of Body Ideas In Social Media And Body Image

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Thoughts such as, I’ll never look as good as her tend to be common among women when looking at an extremely thin or fit woman on social media. Unfortunately, social media have increased these types of thoughts and provoked questions from women demeaning their own body’s worth. Social media has negatively impacted a woman’s view of her body image. This is due to the fact that certain body ideals have been blown way out of proportion. These posts also include worrisome messages in order to try and achieve the look. Unknowingly many women are exposed to ‘thin’ body ideals that seem impossible to achieve. The ‘thin’ body ideal constantly being portrayed in the media is an unrealistic goal for the average woman. In western culture body dissatisfaction …show more content…
The inexplicable desire for an unrealistic body size is continually increasing. Females being exposed to images portraying the ‘thin’ body ideal have had a high increase in body dissatisfaction and lowering moderately in self-esteem (Katherine and Presnell). Body dissatisfaction is inevitable, but the spread of the popularity of social media has increased it. “Estimates from community samples of adolescents suggest that as many as 46% of girls and 26% of boys report significant distress about their body size and shape” (Katherine and Presnell). With the uprising of social media there is a tremendous spread of certain ideal body images. Fitspiration photos while they may seem to be beneficial are actually having negative effects on women’s self-esteem. While fitspiration images are supposed to motivate overweight or obese people to workout, researchers have been finding that it may be having more negative effects than positive (Schreiber 35). The idea of sending an inspirational message about being …show more content…
Thinspiration photos are known to be detrimental to a person’s health and promote eating disorders as a ‘lifestyle’. The use of this genre of photos is a highly controversial topic for the plain fact that it supports unhealthy behavior. Also, the fact that this genre of photographs has been known for provoking lower self-esteem and disordered eating (Schreiber 35). The concept of wanting the thin kind of body type is not unheard of throughout history. Idolization of skinny legs of women is not a new idea, but the spread of a new hashtag on social media using the term, thigh gap as a part of the thinspiration movement (Mascarelli). Putting this body type up on a pedestal by using this hashtag can lead women to exhibit behavioral signs which can ultimately lead to an eating disorder. Many times it can be even worse if the woman is already in a weak mental state, because it feeds into their issues. Tania Heller a medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, MA tells of how they have seen an increase in adolescent girls and women using extreme dieting in hopes of achieving a thigh gap (Mascarelli). For many women the thigh gap would be nearly impossible to get, because of the way their hips are set. “Experts say social media are giving such terms as thigh gap

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