Objectified Body Image

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The media has such a huge impact on what people think is right and wrong and when it comes to body image, women and young girls often have a hard time finding a “realistic body” to compare to theirs. Advertisements in the media have given this false “ideal” body image that women and young girls try to compete with and obtain in order to be deemed beautiful in the eyes of others. This false image can lead to early dieting and eating disorders in adolescence and adulthood. At a young age girls are subjected to ideals on how they should look then and when they get older. According to Janet Shibley Hyde in Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women (2013) “There is little doubt that girls’ dissatisfaction with their bodies is powerfully …show more content…
According to the text it is “the experience of one’s own body as an object to be viewed and evaluated” (Hyde, 2013). As stated previously, young girls learn that their bodies are supposed to be looked at and they act accordingly. When dealing with objectified body consciousness they have to face three components, surveillance, body shame and control beliefs. Surveillance is when they think about how they look often times during the day and they contemplate how they look in the clothes they are wearing. Body shaming is when they feel ashamed of how their body looks and they think other people think that they are not put together well. When women and girls control their beliefs they understand that they can work to get their bodies where they want them to be (Hyde, 2013). Knowing that they can change their bodies into how they want them to look often times lead to them dieting and beginning to experiment with eating …show more content…
Because the media says that “thinner is better” some women and girls turn to eating disorders to achieve their desired looks. According to Hyde, eating disorders are common among adolescent girls and women (Hyde, 2013). Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa are the most common. More than 90% of anorexics are women and 90% of bulimics are women. So this is primarily a female problem (Hyde, 2013). People with anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat and usually refuse to eat more than a certain amount of calories in a day. With bulimia, the person will eat and eat and then, before the calories can actually enter their body, purge by vomiting or using laxatives (Hyde, 2013). Both of these disorders are extremely dangerous and can cause damage to the person’s body. But, because body image is such an important thing to some women and girls, they are willing to risk it all to be as thin as possible. Perfectionism is another contribution to eating disorders and body image. The media gives off the impression that the models being shown are perfect and women and girls try to achieve that perfection in the wrong ways at

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