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Does the media effect body image?

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Anorexia, Binge Eating, Bulimia, Confidence, Depression, Eating Disorder

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    GirlSmarts on Jun 11, 2012 Reply

    Media plays a large role in peoples lives. While media has many positive aspects, media can play a negative and unhealthy role in shaping young peoples ideas about how they should look. It is important to learn how to recognize such influences and how to deal with them in a healthy way.                                                                             

    As you are growing and developing and you see perfect Hollywood people and movie stars and models they start to think that they should look like that. The fact is, that the media projects women that are underweight. 

    In fact, most of the images that you see have been altered.  They do not show how people really look, since they are made up by a team of artists and stylists to help them to look the way that they do. Even with all that help, often the images are altered (touched up) so you do not actually know what the person really looks like.                                                 

    Further, the media suggests that sexuality influences what other people want, rather than your mind and independence.  This is a bit of “false advertising” as “Beauty is only skin deep” and really it is how you carry yourself and what is in your brain that influnces what people want.   

    So remind yourself that the media is not always showing people they way that they truly look and that you are beautiful the way that you are.

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