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eng201 hw1 - Rebecca Densen Ms Feldmar September 1 2011...

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Rebecca Densen Ms. Feldmar September 1, 2011 Advertising is apart of our everyday lives and affects our culture in more ways than many people realize. Some of the affects of advertisements are more serious than anyone would think. There have been studies done that show that advertising affects how many people look at their bodies and sometimes even causes them to do unhealthy things to look like these people. The people in the advertisements have very rare body types, however, many people try to obtain these body types. They try doing this any way they can even if it is unhealthy. Researchers believe that advertisements purposely put unrealistic body types in their advertisements. They do this to increase an unattainable desire that they believe can cause people to purchase their product. This tactic makes sense, however, a poll in 1996 shows that advertisements cause many women to feel old and unattractive (“Healthy Place: Americas Mental Health Channel”). Realistically speaking these women in advertisements only represented by approximately 5% of American females (“ANDA”). Still women want to look like them. Researchers also believe that advertising unconsciously impacts a women’s body image, which can lead to unhealthy behavior (“Healthy Place: Americas Mental Health Channel”). This feeling is also directed towards young girls and teens. Statistically speaking 27% of girls feel pressure from media to have the “perfect body”(“Healthy Place: Americas Mental Health Channel”) . After some tests it was shown that 69% of girls between 5 th and 12 th grade get their idea of the “perfect” body from magazine pictures and advertisements (“ANDA”) . In teen magazines 50% of the ads aimed for females use beauty to sell their product. The same goes for
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