” girls of different ages can see this

” If tomorrow, women woke up and
decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go
out of business,” a quote from Dr. Gail Dines. In our society, it is most
common that the media can influence female perception of the body type. Media
is a way you can connect to people all around the world, through magazines,
televisions, and social media. The most common ideal beauty standard is to have
a thin body. Ads are one way the exemplary body is shown, it promotes apps with
ways to lose weight and also ways to create an illusion of a smaller body. When
females see celebrities or models having a thin body, they may start thinking
that your appearance plays a big part on how you are treated. Therefore, the
media can have a negative impact on self-image, it causes anorexia and bulimia
nervosa, and can cause depression to some females.

To begin, many statistics has shown that the media has a
negative impact on self-image. The media often shows a very thin body of a
women and many girls of different ages can see this making them aware of the
ideal body-image. Research shows that ” 3 out of 4 women stated they were
overweight although only 1 out of 4 were,” (Strickland, n.d.). Another research
shows that “40% of all 9 and 10 year old have been on a diet,” (Strickland,
.n.d.). This shows that women are seeing themselves differently in a negative
way, and some girls who are only in elementary already have doubts about their
body because of the media. Last year while I was a seventh grader there was
this new girl in our class, she didn’t eat a lot, she said that she’s scared of
eating too much food. She was a thin girl but what I hear from her is, “I am so
fat” “Why am I so fat?” I didn’t understand why she would say that, she was
thinner than me and yet she thought she was fat. One possible cause that came
to mind was Instagram, she has Instagram, she possibly saw girls with what she
thought had a better body. Therefore, the media causes women to have a negative
impact on self-image. 

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Let’s first consider that when the media influences in a
negative way, then it causes anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Research shows that
the media provides a significant content on body related issues to young women
over 50% whom (between the ages 11-15 years) read fashion and beauty related
magazines, (Jade, n.d.). Another research shows that a 2011 study has shown
that 248 young women from ages 12 to 19, found that more exposure to social
media contributed to higher rates of eating disorders and related concerns, the
more time they spent on Facebook they struggle with bulimia, anorexia, and a
negative self-image, ( Howard, 2016). There was this other girl that I knew
since I was 2nd grade and she was 4th grade, she started
to gain weight around her 5th grade year. She realized that she was
“fat” but she wasn’t fat, in fact she just had on a little bit of weight. When
I am with her she talks about celebrities with the perfect body and there was
several times when she searched how to lose weight on Youtube and it showed many
girls with different ways of losing weight. The majority way was to buy some
medicine or pill but she didn’t know where to get it and how. So instead she
started to go on diets, she barely ate, she skipped meals every single day, and
she watched her calories every time she decided to eat. When we would have a
part and invite her all she would do was sit there and watch us eat. What
really stood out was that she had multiple social media accounts and what I saw
on her screen most of the time was desired image of the media. This proves that
most of the youth today are also getting affected with the ideal body-image on
the media, so they struggle with bulimia and anorexia nervosa. All in all,
media affects the way we see ourselves and cause eating disorders such as
anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

However, some argue that the
media isn’t the majority cause of depression and that the most common cause is
abuse. Research shows that, “Higher levels of depression were more frequent
among children who were abused in the first five years of their lives than
among maltreated children who weren’t abused at all,” (Nauert, 2015). But the
fact that the media still causes depression to females and depression isn’t
something you should just ignore. Depression from the ideal body-image of the
media can turn into something even worse, research has  shown that “As many as half of all patients
diagnosed with binge eating disorder have a history of depression,” (Jaret,
2016) We all know that ads can be very tempting at times, have you ever heard
of  “Hollywood Pants” they’re pants that
gets the knack of slimming the stomach down to the legs, I noticed that the ad
for these pants were shown in several newsfeed of female users like my mom,
sister, my friends, and including me. Another similar garment is the waist
slimmer belt you put it around your waist and stomach and as it creates curves
that weren’t there you sweat and lose weight, the advertisement appeared while
I was on Youtube. Both of these were shown I saw during the start of 2017 and
my mom bought one of the waist slimmer belts, Therefore, the media does cause
depression to females, whether it was in their past or present.

 

In conclusion, the media does
have a negative impact on self-image, it causes anorexia nervosa, bulimia
nervosa, and depression. Media has a negative impact on self-image, research
shows that females who aren’t overweight see themselves as fat. Anorexia and
bulimia nervosa  were more common to
females using media. Depression has been found in the history of patients with
binge eating disorders. When the media starts accepting everyone on who they
are and their looks, and delete this so-called “body-image” on the media, then
there can be less problems for females to worry about and they soon will learn
how to love themselves as who they are. The media can Photoshop a lot of images
so don’t believe everything you see.