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FC: The Media | and how it distorts the body image of Americans.
1: Imagine to yourself a young girl. She is just like any other seven-year-old. Her parents love her, she has many friends, makes good grades, and is a sweet girl. However, as she watches television, she is being taught that there is something wrong with her. in the media, young girls are now seeing more images of outstandingly beautiful women in one day than | our mothers saw throughout their generation. Children as young as five are being taught that, in order to be successful in society, you must be thin and extremely attractive. The "Beauty Bias" that we see today is disgusting. And, if we don't act now, we won't be able to stop the media's "thin is in" agenda.
2: Before | After | Photoshop | Photoshop helps to fuel the idea that you must look a certain way to be accepted in today's society
3: -The ideal weight (as portrayed by the media) is achievable by less than 5% of the female population. But if you're talking about the ideal shape, face, etc., it's more like 1%. - In an American survey, 81% of ten-year-old girls admitted to dieting at least once before. In a Swedish study, 25% of seven-year-old girls had also dieted to lose weight. And 41% of elementary school girls in Japan (some as young as six) had been on a diet, too.
4: Body Dysmorphic Disorder
5: If you've ever felt unattractive or less of a person because of your physical appearance, then you know what people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) feel every second of every day. It has been estimated that 1-2% of the world's population has BDD, and those suffering from the disease have a completed-suicide rate almost double to people with Depression. Many of those with BDD will turn to cosmetic surgery to fix their "imperfection" only to be left unsatisfied. Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or both.