The media is an important aspect of life in our culture. According to (“The media and Eating Disorders”) about 95% of people own a TV set and watch for an average of 3-4 hours per day. By the end of the last century over 60% of men and 50% of women read a newspaper each day and nearly half of all girls, from the age of 7 read a girls magazine each week. Media has a great influenced in society even though it is difficult in a society where myths are created and currently speculation people falling in diseases and disorders related to self-esteem, image and fashion. In recent years body image has taken a huge boom in modern societies, many of which have created a whole subculture based on perception and the importance of the ideal image. The media and social pressure are some of the factors that have influenced people to follow an ideal image that often is impossible or difficult to reach. Body image includes multiple dimensions such as perception, attitudes, behavior, emotions, body distortion and body dissatisfaction.
Media constantly shows models and beauty prototypes for both women and man, where thinness is common. “There is no doubt that the ideal body size, as reflected in the style icons promoted in the media, is getting thinner.” (Ojeda).
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Moreover, Social factors, where we see the influence of advertising, fashion and television, create prototypes of a socially acceptable figure flag use as models of famous artists and celebrities. “The perception that celebrities stay so skinny so effortlessly not only increases the pressure on ordinary people, but it also increases pressure on their peer group. (Louw).
In addition it is estimated that most of society is affected by young women. “The ‘thin ideal’ is the half’s glamorized portrayal of extremely thin women. While this phenomenon primarily affects women between the ages of 18 and 25” (Nature versus Nurture: The Media’s Effect on Body Image).
It is undeniable that today’s society is living in a total and absolute cult of the body, and is constantly bombarded by television advertising, fashion, media and so on. With indirect and subtle messages, advocating a slender body and slim to succeed, both emotional labor and even personal. “Television advertisements are a perfect example of how the media uses the cultivation theory to manipulate the public. Advertisements are repetitious; the same ad can air between television programs, before a movie, and can be printed in a magazine” (Nature versus. Nurture: The Media’s Effect on Body Image).Therefore People must realized that we encounter in the media are normal people, with their flaws, but we should not forget that all this is touched up by makeup and other affects applied by computer with the famous program “Photoshop”. Besides the media stereotypes. Also show “miracle products” that help people lose weight in the short term. Besides showing the media stereotypes of the perfect body. Also usually show “miracle products” that help people lose weight in the short term. This causes a high interest in people. Although many people do not know the primary consequences of what they will consume. “Media seek to inform us, persuade us, entertain us, and change us. The media also seeks to engage large groups of people so that advertisers can sell them products or services by making them desirable” (The Media and Eating Disorders).
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Media not only create stereotypes to alter the society. It also causes the audience to feel insecure and have a low self esteem. Self-esteem is a set of perceptions, thoughts, evaluations, feelings and behavioral tendencies aimed toward ourselves, toward our way of being and behaving, and to the features of our body and our character. “Self-esteem is an important issue in eating disorders. It has been known that gender, self-esteem, body image, and perceived self-worth seems to be related to dietary habits and eating disorders; comprehending the degrees to which they interact with each other” (Louw).
Having the right attitude is important not only to improve your self-esteem, but to take whatever you want in your life. The circumstances and what happens around you should not be the ones that determine what will happen in your life but the important thing is how you react to things that happen. People really must open their eyes and do not let media influence in their confidence and self esteem As Jorge Bucay said: “We are not responsible for emotions, but by what we do with the emotions.” Even though many girls as Maia, freshman at a large Midwestern University present a serious problem of self stem “When I was a in junior high I had a subscription to Teen Magazine. Every month I would pine for the beauty of the models. I started buying products that were advertised, hoping to return to school a changed girl. During high school I subscribed to young and modern magazine. Then in college I got Mademoiselle and Cosmopolitan magazines myself image was completely hanging on the whether or not I felt like I could fit into the magazine stereotype of beautiful. I am still not there (Sonder).
Many girls as Maia tend to follow many diets, or celebrities that influence them to be like them. Moreover not only self esteem causes great impact in those who are victims of eating disorders, also depression is generated by the lack of self-esteem. Depression can lead to several eating disorders. “As many as half of all patients diagnosed with binge eating disorder have a history of depression also plagues many people with anorexia, another common eating disorder”(Peter).
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Human beings need ‘reasons’ to fight, do, desires, dreams, goals, projects that give meaning to their lives. A depression is reached, and once there, remain in it for apathy. A reluctance, disappointment and lack of meaning in our lives that make us feel routine and absurd. Self esteem, depression, anxiety and stress cause emotional problems, make many take refuge in food seeking a change that actually is in the mind. Most people with depression and self-esteem issues are often blindfolded and not see the reality of what they experience and see. Many people create a negative attitude. Perfectionists tend to be people who are just trying to take care of their personality, appearance and way of eating. But despite all these reasons will always feel the void and will not be satisfied with what they have accomplished. The desire to have the perfect body is too much for what society and the media show. “That perfectionism begins to focus on what they eat. But underlying it is depression and anxiety. Often, these patients have suffered a lot of emotional trauma” (Peter).
The mass media surrounds us with images of the “thin ideal” for females and males, an ideal that has become increasingly thin since the last centuries and thus increasingly unrealistic for men and women. The messages and images that focus on the value of appearances and thinness for females and males have a significant negative impact on body satisfaction, weight preoccupation, eating patterns, and the emotional well-being. Media contributes to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Moreover eating disorders are a big problem that is being marked in our society. This has to do with the whole culture around us, from the media that surround us to buy things to our individual behavior.