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hw6 CWHN+Body+Image+and+the+Media+_+.. - Body Image and the...

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Body Image and the Media Why don't I look like the models I see in magazines and on TV? What does the media have to do with how I feel about my body? How can this affect my health? What can I do to feel better about my body? Where can I go for more information? Why don't I look like the models I see in magazines and on TV? It is a fact of life that most women cannot look like models or movie stars. The average model is taller and weighs 23 per cent, or almost a quarter, less than the average woman who is 5'4" and weighs 148 lbs. Models spend a large percentage of their days engaged in activities that manipulate or shape their bodies, and photographs of models are almost always modified or enhanced in some way. Not even the models look like their fashion photographs. Female models have been getting thinner and thinner over the past 100 years. A century ago, the ideal body shape for a woman was fleshy and full-figured. And while models are getting thinner, more women and younger girls are feeling unhappy about their own natural body shapes. What does the media have to do with how I feel about my body? Many things contribute to how a woman feels about her body. Peer pressure, family history, education, stage of life, and ethnic, cultural and social status all play important roles in how people feel about how they look. The media can also influence body image. We often think that being thin or slender brings health, happiness and success. However this is not necessarily true. The media plays a role in this perception, as it almost always ties success, acceptance and happiness with
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