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Academic Argument.7

Academic Argument.7 - Leah Smith Academic Argument Final...

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isement for the Italian fashion label Versace. ed women use an unhealthy method of weight control Jessica Alba- Before and after for the Ralph Lauren clothing line. Picture of Filippa Hamilton women suffered from an eating disorder. and~4.8 million felt depressed when a thin model presented a product. Leah Smith Academic Argument Final Draft 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. The media defines beauty as someone who is extremely thin, which decreases self esteem and confidence in women, increases depressions and body dissatisfaction, and influences women to partake in unhealthy decisions such as eating disorders. 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. The media produces images that contain extremely thin models with the intent to sell anything from food to motorcycles and it is no accident that thinness is actively promoted as criteria for beauty. However, while media does have a negative effect on women, 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). This money supports several
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