Academic Argument.4

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nattainable for all but a very small number of the population.” women use an unhealthy method of weight control Leah Smith Academic Argument Media affects on college women Television shows, advertisements, magazines, music videos and other types of media present unrealistic standards of beauty that women are unable to achieve. Because of these unrealistic and unattainable standards set by the media, women’s body image and body satisfaction are greatly affected in a negative manner. Women, especially college aged, are pushed into developing eating disorders and resorting to other extreme behaviors in order to be accepted in a world full of digitally enhanced standards. Images of female bodies are everywhere and these altered and enhanced photos are causing an overwhelming response. To begin, “research indicates that exposure to images of thin, young, air- brushed female bodies is linked to depression, loss of self-esteem and the development of unhealthy eating habits in women and girls” (Kilbourne). We are paying a high price at the cost of our society’s women’s self esteem. By producing images that contain extremely thin models with the intent to sell anything from food to motorcycles it is no accident that thinness is actively promoted as criteria for beauty. However, there are benefits the media provides by promoting and advertising thinness. The diet industry alone has an estimated worth anywhere between $40 to $100 billion (U.S.) a year (Kilbourne). Some find this large amount of money beneficial and claim the diet industry provides a basic economic advantage and revenue for several companies but where do we draw the line, when is enough enough? The women who indulge in a new diet product are the ones who are insecure and 1 | Pa g e
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