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Body images in the media increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating

Rocio Valdez

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We live in a media saturated world.

Most of us have an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snap Chat.

Most of us also follow celebrities/public figures.

Do you ever look at their page and wish that was you?

Mostly everything we see online, magazines, billboards is just an illusion.

There is so much that goes into a picture posted by a public figure, or any sponsored page.

That is their job and what they get payed for, including their team that takes part to create the perfect picture.

Every celebrity/ public figure has a whole team working for them, to make them look perfect from head to toe.

Us, we just have ourselves to get glammed up.

We do not have a makeup artist, hairstylist, dresser, photographer or editor to add the final touch ups for a perfect picture.

Photoshop is the perfect tool to create the perfect illusion, remember not everything you see is true.

If we all had our own crew that worked for us and our image we would all be looking bomb af.

It is not bad to admire someone else or feel inspired but there are limits.

Media has the power to increase or destroy someone’s confidence; both females and males.

Media is something we see on a daily basis it can impact our lifes.

Mirror Mirror Eating Disorders states, “The media and body image are closely related due to the number of images we see in the media and the excessive amount of exposure we have to those images” (http://www.mirror-mirror.org/the-media-and-body-image.htm).

Getting likes and comments automatically makes people feel extra good about themselves, but when you do not feel the acceptance it can be very damaging.

Suddenly, the media creates a pressure as to how we must look according to what others think is ideal.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “Research is increasingly clear that media does indeed contribute and that exposure to and pressure exerted by media increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating”. (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/media-body-image-and-eating-disorders)

People will create an unhealthy life style, mentally and physically, when they feel insecure and begin to dislike how they look because they become too focused on their insecurities.

“These “false body image” ads, showing bodies that are not real at all or that are not very realistic or representative of the general population, have far-reaching effects”, states Mirror Mirror Eating Disorders.

Being unhappy with body image can make some take very extreme decisions that are harmful to the body.

There are many eating disorders people can develop that are dangerous; bulimia, anorexia, night eating syndrome, compulsive eating, and emotional eating.

Never should someone put their heath or lives at risk trying to look as an ideal image the media has created.

There needs to be more acceptance of who we are and self-love.

Post your pictures for you not for approval.

Most importantly, don’t compare your real life to someone else’s controlled online content.

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Body images in the media increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating