The Negative Influence Of Barbie's Body Image

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“If it were a human, it would be seven feet tall and weigh eighty-one pound of which fifty-three pounds would be bosoms”. (Barry, 787) As Barry describes what a real life Barbie would be as a human, he also states that it is a difficult appearance standard to live up to. As girls grow up playing with Barbie’s they start to look up to Barbie’s “perfect body”. The most common perspective of how girls think their body image looks is negative, and this is influences by media. Girls tend to think that celebrities’ and models’ bodies are the only way they should look. Men do not feel as much pressure as women do, because men are perfectly fine with being average. Today’s society, young women face many problems to meet what society expects from them; for example; …show more content…
Most women are given the message at a very young age that in order to be happy and successful, they must be thin. However, most women cannot achieve having a super-thin body that the society favors, and this leads to negative feelings and can begin a downward spiral towards an eating disorder. Also, girls will do anything to reach their ideal body image that they strive for. Young girls become obsessed with their weight which leads to eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Eating disorders comes with a lot of problems to young girls, such as depression, medical conditions and can lead to death. Thousands of young girls are starving themselves this very minute trying to fit in what society considers to be the “ideal” figure. Young girls need to realize society’s ideal body image is not achievable. The photos we see in the magazines are not real either. For instance these photos have gone through many touch ups to make the model look perfect. Eating disorders is one of the major problems that young girls face to be what society expects from

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