Essay on The Weight Loss Obsession of Women

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The fulfillment that one feels whenever the weight on the scale has decreased or the guilt when the numbers increased or fluctuated is one of many symptoms of weight loss obsession. What is it about weight loss that makes a person feel so triumphant? It feels good to know you are one step closer to look like the models on the advertisements, when you are able to wear smaller sizes or when you get compliments that you look good because you lost all your baby fats and double chin. You could lose five pounds and the next thing you know, your next goal is to lose five more, and then five more, and five more and so on and so forth. How far are you willing to go to achieve the image of beauty?
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The exposure to media alters the images of attractiveness and creates concern with body weight among young women. Researchers found that exposure to media often result to weight concerns among women. Women are reported to be more concerned because of the popular belief; thinness is a standard of attractiveness, which is presented strongly by the media. It primary contributes to the concern that women have regarding their weight and appearance. Media outstretch its influences to the point that it creates an impact to the younger generation towards the physical appearance. The combined emphasis on food, appearance denotes the commercial’s influence in eating disorders (Exposure to Media Images of Female Attractiveness and Concern with Body Weight Among Young Women, 1998, Heidi Posavac, Steven Posavac, Emil J. Posavac).
There are also chronic variables that affect the context of body image. There is now a growing number of research that supports the conclusion that the media’s portrayal of women in the west creates a negative impact on how adolescent girls and adult women’s perception of themselves. An American survey with the population of 500 adolescent girls ages 9-16, showed that nearly 70% believes magazine’s picture influenced their idea of the ideal figure and 47% of the same population said they wished to lose weight as a result. (Exposure to Mass Media and Weight Concerns

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