Are TV shows, magazines, and the Internet to blame for today's artificial standard of beauty resulting in eating disorders among girls and women?

Are TV shows, magazines, and the Internet to blame for today's artificial standard of beauty resulting in eating disorders among girls and women?
  • Media sets the standard. People reinforce it.

    Standards, where do they come from if not the entertainment world? They wouldn't be necessary in any other part of life. When competing in the entertainment world, standards need to be set. Viewers watch from childhood and interpret all this competition as a lifetime standard for everyone to follow. Even for those who media doesn't affect directly, peers and even teachers will reinforce it. Bullying and stereotyping, all to fit in the competitive boxed world of fame and delusion.

  • The sense of beauty needs to be taught

    Even though i do agree that social media has made a big impact on our definition of beauty. Someone has to tell your friends children and other people what beauty really is and how it should look. Let's not blame it all on the tv shows and magazines. Some of this is us not being confident in ourselves and the fact that beauty should come from the inside. Another way we created this artificial beauty is bullying and all this negativity.

  • Teen Magazines Send Girls All the Wrong Messages

    If the screaming pink and orange cover lines on mass-circulation teen magazines don't get to you, the mixed messages inside will. Has there ever before been a flood of such contradictory, confusing high-pressure "advice" directed at teen girls that serves their interests less?

    The ying and yang of being simultaneously irresistible and virginal fill page after page. Impressionable teens (and pre-teens) are beingwhip-sawed by the mixed messages. Tips on how to look hot and sneak lip-locks with a beau at the school locker are interspersed with warnings to keep sexual matters from getting out of hand.

    "Hallway make-out sessions: dos and don'ts" (YM) co-exist with heartbreaking confessionals such as "Gossip ruined my life" (Seventeen), in which a night of necking made lurid headlines the next day at school. These articles ran in August and September back-to-school issues.

    Teen magazines are loaded with ads and editorial--and the two are difficult to distinguish--urging girls to acquire the latest "hot haircut" (Seventeen) and "hot" looks (Elle Girl), reinforced by commands to "flirt your way to a date" (Teen). It seems to me that turning up one's personal heat this much puts a girl on the path to sad commentaries such as "One night of partying ruined my reputation" (CosmoGirl), in which a college student recalls waking up naked and wondering if she'd had sex. Campus gossip said she had.

    The magazines envision teen-age girls' lives as endless popularity contests ("301 ways to be the coolest girl in class" in Teen and "432 ways to go back to school a new person" in YM) in which the assumption is that the reader invariably has defects that need to be fixed. School is the main stage for efforts to attain popularity and snag a boyfriend (you can't have one without the other, it seems), but mostly school is merely that--an environment for socializing. These magazines have little to say to girls about the value of academic achievement, civic engagement or intellectual challenges. It's fair to say that the brain is not the "hot" organ at the center of teen magazine

  • The Media Alters Images and Our Minds

    From the view of a young girl who has dealt (and is still dealing with) insecurities, depression and anxiety, I can say that it IS the media that makes us feel insecure. The continuous use of Photoshop creates a false reality and an unrealistic figure for us to achieve. We strive to look like those models so that's why we buy those products which is what the media want us to do. They want us to believe that to look beautiful, we need to buy their products. Only now are plus sized models being brought into the fashion industry. Some shops don't cater to plus sized people and this makes us feel like we have to lose weight in order to look good. I'm doing a Photography A Level and reading all this about advertising and how it affects people is disgusting and the media need to realise that they are promoting unrealistic body proportions and features.

  • Yes, this is all destroying a generation.

    Young girls are being FORCED to actually be over-sexified. The cause: Corporations. Corporations want us to be like sheep. If you aren't blonde and a girl, you're not that great. Corporations are actually trying to rule us. Beauty is now a twisted word, to only mention it makes me cry. We are humans, not robots.

  • Girls make their own decisions and if they think or feel that their bodies need to be like celebrities then that is their decision.

    When a girl sees a celebrity on TV they feel that their bodies need to be just like the bodies they see. Even if their bodies are already perfectly fine. The people in the magazines or TV shows act like their role models. They feel that their bodies are not good.

  • The portray a perfect woman

    Media portrays a perfect image for a women that is unattainable by nearly 98 to 99% of our women population, why do they portray that kind of image if we can never reach it, unless we become unhealthily thin and have an eating disorder? Is it really worth it? They distort reality and makes us see this ideal body type when its nearly impossible unless you become unnaturally thin.

  • I believe the media is to blame for eating disorders among young teens and women!

    There is too much pressure in society to look good. Magazines portray celebrities as being "healthy" or "hot" when they are clearly too skinny. Media advertises skinny women who are labelled as "the ideal woman" and people feel like they need to be similar so they can belong in society. It is tragic how many young teenagers and women feel the need to be skinny to be beautiful as every person is beautiful in their own way. I believe the media should stop portraying skinny or unhealthy women to be the "hottest" as those images are the ones left in our minds throughout our life.

  • We grew up seeing "artificial" women.

    Kids grow up watching Disney movies which show women in a light that is hard to be achieved. They are shown with tiny waists, high-pitched voices, and are always the damsel-in-distress. Kids grow up thinking this is how women should act or look like, when in reality, a woman should be able to look or act however she wants.

  • Maybe we have always had artificial standards beneath the media, but the media made these visible

    The fact that the media made these visible would be precisely the problem, as beauty on a superficial level is what merely meets the eye alone. It's likely to be the case that there have always been such false standards of beauty, hence why we felt the need to airbrush blemished skin, or tuck in somebody's waist using computer technology, but it is through the publication of these images that make visible the human inclination to such standards and thereby, further tantalising the minds of individuals who feel an increasing pressure to look 'perfect'. Also, if the media tells us what is acceptable, or rather, if we believe this to be the case, then can page after page of supermodels evade the responsibility of instilling in the minds of women and girls, an 'ideal' paradigm of beauty?

  • Peers and Social Groups pressure girls more than the media today

    Nowadays, more and more people understand that the media if filled with false stereotypes and fake representations of people. So, media can not still be the blame for beauty standards, but what is are the friends of these girls. They look up to one another and feed off of their habits, whether they are bad or good. Since they are together all the time, girls talk about fashion, what is in and what is out, who looks good today, where they got their clothes from, Young girls are now exposed to a rather real representation of beauty, they compare themselves to their friends, and that is what makes up beauty standards.

  • No not necessarily

    Women have their own freedom and choice. In today's world the majority get to choose what clothes to wear, what food to eat and what activities to participate in. Yes, during their spare time they would come across beauty ad's. But no one is physically forcing them to be the model displayed on the screen. It is all about educating yourself and rising above the unattainable targets. If women are fully aware that these ad's are their only to make profit then there should be very little problem.

  • Girls make their own decisions and if they think or feel that their bodies need to be like celebrities then that is their decision.

    When a girl sees a celebrity on TV they feel that their bodies need to be just like the bodies they see. Even if their bodies are already perfectly fine. The people in the magazines or TV shows act like their role models. They feel that their bodies are not good.

  • Quick to blame others.

    We're all responsible for our own actions. If you think that magazines or television are setting a bad example; stop buying or watching them! It's that simple. People are too quick to blame anything but themselves. It's down to someone's vanity or envy that they want to be better looking than the next woman.

  • It is the peoples fault

    That they want to get thin. If there was no t.v. no one would care about their weight because they don't have people telling them about diets. Plus it is all up to the public to deside if they want to go and try to become thin by putting themselves in the pain just so they think they will look better

  • Advertising Contributes, But Isn't the Entire Issue

    "Thinness" came into vogue in the 1920s, revisited again in the 1960s. The practical reason "thin is in" is because it is hard to achieve--hence the development of a huge diet and beauty industry. In periods where only the wealthy could afford enough food to be plump, FAT was in. Now, there is an epidemic of obesity among the poorest parts of society, and wealthy women spend a fortune to stay thin. If it suddenly became magically easy to lose weight, the ideal would shift again--to something harder to achieve, to encourage women to spend time and money to achieve whatever the look de jour is.

  • Individuals are responsible for themselves

    Whenever an individual can engage in damaging behavior and then blame it on others, society begins to unravel. In this case the picture of beauty is supposedly set at an unattainable level by TV etc. Why is it that most people are not adversely impacted by this? Isolated behaviour is not reason for society as a whole to change methods. Individual choices rule here and for society to be concerned is simply a waste of time and effort.

  • The media is not the cause of mental illnesses

    Eating disorders are mental illnesses. They go much further than seeing a thin person in a magazine or on the television and aspiring to be like them to the point of dangerously damaging one's health. Many, if not not the majority of eating disorders are due to personal and unrealistic goals for oneself and other factors like genetics and personal issues. It is wrong to suggest that the reason behind all eating disorders is the media, as then there would never be a real understanding of what an eating disorder actually is. Though, yes, there will always be some eating disorders that could very much stem from poor portrayals of health and beauty within the media, but there is still so much more than that behind eating disorders, and changing or banning certain things in the media is never going to change the issues of eating disorders, because that is not what they're about.

  • Barbie is to blame

    TV, Magazines, and the Internet have only enforced it, but eating disorders all originally sprang from Mattel's Barbie doll and, famous 60's model, Twiggy's naturally thin figure. The two combined caused a new desire of being a thin and ridiculously hour glass shaped forever. Modern TV, Magazines, and the Internet have only added the desire of microscopic pores and shiny plastic hair.

  • Not Really

    Since the beginning of time, women have had standards different from those of men. To fulfill these standards, they had to be skinny.

    While these things may reinforce the idea, the problem goes back to the beginning of time. Societal ideas are to blame, not necessarily the means of advertisement for it.

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