Media’s Negative Effects on Body Image


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Essay #: 057421
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Media's Negative Effects on Body Image
There have been many criticisms about the way in which men and women have been portrayed by the media. These idealized representations of what someone should look like have been a target for the cause of low self-esteem, eating disorders to contemporary society’s obsession with plastic surgery. Certainly the media’s skewed portrayals have at least contributed to some of the negative elements of society’s self-identity. Thus the aim of this paper is to argue and to demonstrate how the media can have negative affects on body images.
With the prevalence of global communication and transmission, media’s idealized version of what an attractive man and woman should look like is more able to reach a wider...
The end: features. For example, a man’s suit encompasses shoulder pads and a tapered waist to accentuate the shoulders and minimize the waist. Since the prevalence of media and its influence, there has been more of a pervasiveness of negative body images, eating disorders, and self-esteem and confidence issues regarding the self. This is most likely due to the distorted and idealized images of what the attractive male and female should look like. Without these perceptions which have been made prevalent by media, there would certainly be less occurrences of negative self-images because there would be no publicized idealized image of a distorted beauty. Ultimately, there should be a more representative account of body images in TV, print and media.