by kayLachapelle on November 3, 2015 - 6:19pm
Women have tremendous pressure everyday forced to be, look and act a certain way to fit in the societal standards. Everywhere around we see women and their bodies, from watching TV, magazines, internet, build boards. It is proven that the women body is mostly used to advertise and sell things. It is used, to sell clothes, food, makeup, shoes, cars and way more. The first thing we see is beauty and we all want to look like the beautiful model we see in the media. One of the main reasons why the media is all over women is for economic reasons.
One of the government priorities is to make profit. This is why they use women with perfect shapes to attract men and women to buy their products. It is obvious that a person with a lower self-esteem will buy the products in order to feel better. Because of the media, young girls feel ashamed of their body and desire to lose weight to look like what they believe is acceptable. In fact, the diet industry sells for 40 to 100 billion dollars a year. Since young girls strive to have the perfect body, they start to have eating disorders like anorexia, making themselves vomit or take diet pills.
There are so many negatives consequences that come with the media and portraying the women body. Showing this to girls from a young age can make them develop depression, a low self-esteem as well as eating disorders. In fact, today’s models weight is 23% less than the average women. The media are always sending messages to girls and women that they always need to improve and that their body is never perfect enough for the society.
Here are some shocking facts about women and media.
· 69% of girls in one study said that magazine models influence their idea of the perfect body shape.
· The average U.S. woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds whereas the average U.S. model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.
· In a study 47% of girls were influenced by magazine pictures to want to lose weight, but only 29% were actually overweight.
These statistics are absolutely shocking and I don’t know what it takes for the media to realize what message they are sending to all women out there. I believe everyone is beautiful in their own way and girls and women should completely ignore what media is trying to impose. The models you see on television and in the media are absolutely not the images of perfect. You should be confident about your body and who you are as a person. Don’t let a person behind a screen or on a piece of paper dictate and ruin your life.