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S: By Jahlisa Misenheimer

FC: The Media | and | Body Images | BY: Jahlisa Misenheimer

1: Self Esteem is something every one has. weather one person doesn't have enough, or they have more than everyone in the room. I believe the media has something to do with how most people feel about themselves. The media portrays everyone in the camera to be extremely fit, with the perfect body. There are billions of people in this world who do not have the same type of body.The average weight of a woman is a lot higher than a model's. We all should have our own meaning of the word "beauty" we shouldn't let the media decide for us.

2: 1 out of every 4 college age women use unhealthy methods of weight control. Everyone is affected by the media. Not just young teenage girls. Eating disorders have increased 400% since the 1970's.(Covert) | It contributes to Eating Disorders. | Reason 1: | National eating disorder symbol | Eating disorders begin before a person reaches his or her early twenties, which is around the time a young person is most influenced by the media.

3: One reason why i believe the media contributes to a negative body image is because of the numerous eating disorders women decide to do each day. I believe they choose to do them because each and every day they have to look at commercials, magazines, and other types of advertisements with all the "done-up"and photoshopped pictures in them. This doesn't help the self esteem. | children and teens can easily be lulled into the wrong image of what the human body is supposed to look like.

4: It Lowers the Self Esteem of Men and Women | Reason 2: | Men also obsess about how they look also. The new look is to have a "bulked up body". | A Playgirl centerfold model of 1976 would need to shed 12 lbs of fat and gain 27 lbs of muscle to be a centerfold of today (Leit, Pope, & Gray, 2001).

5: The change of the GI Joe doll over the last 40 years is an example of how society has started to look at body images of men. | For men, the ideal body image consists of a muscular man. (Furnham, Badmin, & Sneade)

6: Opposing | -Theres been test to show there is a genetic connection to eating disorders. | -Researchers are finding that the level of Serotin found in the human body play a key role in choosing to use eating disorders | -Early childhood development fosters the growth of self esteem over time. The person closest to the child has the most influence on them.

7: At the conclusion it can be said that the media will always have a influence on a majority of people and their body images. The bulked up and ultra-thin images of men and women in the media will always be there. As long as this is going on we will continue to see people with eating disorders. And this will continue to influence everyone. We should try to band together and stop the big impact of the media. | Conclusion

8: Work Cited | Ballargo, Beverly. Wagner, Geraldine. "Body Image & the Media:An Overview". (2009) Points of View Reference Center. Web.23 May 2011. Chittom, Lynn-nore. Finely, Laura. Point:"Body Image In the Media is an Unhealthy Picture". Points of View: Body Image & the Media, (2009), p2-2. Points of View Reference Center. Web.23 May 2011. Gallup, George. Owens, Peter. "Body Images, Extreme Dieting and the media".(2005).Chptr 5.n.Points of View Reference Center.Web.20 May 2011 Gibson, Sheila."Teen Magazine Sending Girls All the Wrong Messages":eNews.N.P.,N.D.Web.24 May 2011 Kiesbye, Stefan."The Body Image Presented by the Media Promotes Disordered Eating".(2010). Detroit:Greenhaven Press. At Issue. Gale Opposing View Points in Context. Web. 20 May 2011. "Womens Center Media and Body Image". Southern Connecticut Sate University Home.N.p,N.d. Web. 25 May 2011

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