Discussing the Increase in Negative Body Image among Women Essay

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Recently, a lot of controversy has been in the news about the increase in negative body image among women. This negative body image can lead to a number of different problems in individuals including low self-esteem, eating disorders, and depression. Some factors that can influence this increase in negative body image include age, gender peer influence, and family influence. One of the main factors that has been an influence on the way people view themselves is the media. According to Aubrey (2006), “a primary way that an objectifying culture is propagated is through the media” (p. 159). Everything from magazines, television, and celebrities can have an affect on the way people view themselves. The population that is most affected by …show more content…
478). “Future research should examine primary school children, to determine at what age children become aware of sociocultural beauty ideals and to examine the mechanisms that moderate their impact” (Clay, Vignoles, & Dittmar, 2005, p. 473). Seeing thin models in the media can even affect a woman’s diet. In a study done, women were shown either a thin model or an average model (Krahe & Krause, 2010, p. 351). After shown the model, they had to choose between either normal snack and a diet snack (Krahe & Krause, 2010, p. 351). 64% of the individuals that shown the thin model chose the diet snack while only 28% of the individuals that were shown the average size model chose the diet snack (Krahe & Krause, 2010, p. 352). According to Krahe & Krause (2010) “women who saw advertisements depicting thin models were more likely to choose the diet variant of a snack than women who saw the same advertisements in which the original model’s image was manipulated to be of normal size” (p. 352). “Research suggests that appearance focused social comparisons are associated with body image disturbances” (Ridolfi, Myers, Crowther, & Ciesla, 2011, p. 491). Another study was done where women participated in a five day study in which they would answer questionnaires about the social comparisons they had been making throughout the day (Ridolfi et. al., 2011, p. 498). “Results indicated that 92.5% of the participants reported making at least one social

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