by Jaynar Turner
Do you have a distorted view ? There is a large number of both women and men that look at themselves and are not happy with what they see. They are self-conscious, feel ashamed and are anxious about how they look. They either see themselves as too fat or too skinny.These feelings can come from the people who they hang around with or even from actors in movies, television shows, and magazine articles. Image is not always about weight, it could also be about height and shape as well. It pretty much is how comfortable you are in your own body. Depending on how bad a person may feel about their body image, it can lead to severe and even deadly consequences. They can become depressed, could feel alone, and they can always think that they need to loose weight when they don’t have to. Body image is a serious topic.
What is body image you may ask ? We all heard of it and know of it but do we fully understand what it is ? There are two types of body image. The first one is an unhealthy and the second is a healthy body image. An unhealthy body image is that you are thinking you feel disgusting about your body, you are not happy on how you look, or you don’t think it good enough for you. For example, you may feel that even though you are skinny, you are not thin enough and need to loose more weight. Another example is that you may think that you are not pretty enough. TV and magazine advertisements create only illusions of beauty and do not portray real people living in the real world.
You may ask, “How do people get an unhealthy body image?” The answer is that the media has a lot to do with how people think of themselves. Every day we see photos of celebrities and how pretty they look or how skinny they are. Not only does the media have a strong influence on body image, but also friends and family can play a role as well. They may talk down on you instead of lifting your spirit up. Culture plays an important role in body image, too.
Having negative thoughts about your body can be unhealthy for you. If you are spending all of your time on how you look that could mean that you are not enjoying your life and this could lead into depression. People need to remember that there are certain things about your body that you cannot change. Research supports the fact that there are approximately 10 million women who are depressed about the way they look. The United Kingdom has a campaign called “Be Real”. The goal of this campaign is to change people attitudes about how they feel about their bodies. Caroline Nokes, Be Real spokesperson, states that, ” Low body confidence is a critical public health issue that we cannot ignore.” It sad to see that just at 5 years old children start noticing that they are either too skinny or too fat. Children shouldn’t have to worry about how they look, they should be playing and enjoying their childhood.
Below are images on what people think they should look like. Few understand that most of these images are altered or photo shopped online to make the models look prettier and/or thinner. Technology plays a big role on body image as any body part can be altered. Models can be altered to have bigger derrieres or breasts, smaller waists, thighs and/or hips or vice versa.
Most girls want to have the flawless look or that perfect skin. Girls will spend tons of money on make-up so they can make their skin look perfect unaware of the possibility that the make-up may cause an acne outbreak or allergic reaction. Most girls believe that the Victoria Secret’s models are the standards for beauty. Girls will go to extreme measures to look like a VS mode. These measures include over exercising at the gym, sticking to dangerous low calorie diet plans, or ingesting over the counter or prescribed diet pills. This can lead to an eating disorder.
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