MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN
BY: Norma Bravo
This article talks about why and how many teen girls are changing their body and what their risk can be. Some consequences can include smoking, alcohol abuse, bullying, early onset sexual activity, and obesity.
“81 percent of girls would rather see “real” or “natural” photos of models than touched-up, airbrushed versions, yet 47 percent say fashion magazines give them a body image to strive for.
63 percent of girls think the body image represented by the fashion industry is unrealistic and 47 percent think it is unhealthy, yet 60 percent say that they compare their bodies to fashion models, 48 percent wish they were as skinny as the models in fashion magazines, and 31 percent of girls admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose weight.”
This article talks about how parents should get involved and learn how their daughters are trying to be like celebrities or how they worship their celebrities. This article also speaks about how some sports say that the way you look is important, such as ice skating. Parents should be aware on how their daughters act and have body language or how they are changing their body image. When girls start to see other images of other women. They start to have bad eating disorders and have low self-esteem on how they look.
"We're seeing girls at younger ages starting to be dissatisfied with their bodies, proactively trying to change them, and feeling like they need to emulate something different than what their bodies can do," says Elissa Gittes, MD, a pediatrician in the division of adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.”
“Experts suggest that parents' energy is better spent getting their daughters to look at and think critically about the unrealistic way the media portrays girls and women.”
“• 40% of Canadians mistakenly believe eating disorders are a choice.
Fact: “An eating disorder is not a choice and is a serious mental health condition that is often accompanied by other issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or substance abuse.”
“Twice as many girls struggle with eating disorders than with obesity. Some studies show that children would rather lose an arm, be hit by a truck or have a parent die of cancer, than be fat.”
“Most (91%) of Canadians believe that the media pressures to have 'the perfect body' drive individuals to develop eating disorders.”