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1 Counterfeit Beauty How often do people open up a magazine, and see pictures of beautiful, skinny and sometimes unrealistically thin models plastered all over each page? Anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders which can surface in many ways, but one way has been standing out more than the others. These days’ young men and women are constantly subject to what the media calls “normal”, but what others might call perfection. Whether one is watching television, reading a magazine or attending an entertainment show, they are seeing possible role models. All too often do psychologists hear that the reason a patients eating disorder arose was because they “wanted to look like everyone else”. However, the truth is, everyone does not look like these models and actors/actresses, and that is perfectly fine. The media has a huge impact on a person’s life from the very beginning. The media can cause a person to base their ideas of beauty and perfection on false images. This essay shows how media has an impact on all stages of life and how important it is for a parent to teach their child the difference between true beauty and the world of fake, plastic, unrealistic dolls that are presumed to be a counterfeit form of “beauty”. Hopefully one will see the huge difference and the consequences one has over the other. From the beginning of a child’s life they are introduced to the effects of media. Movies such as “Beauty and the Beast”, produced by Gary Trousdale, portray evil as ugly and large, and beauty as tiny and pretty. This is a negative way to start kids out. Instead of showing the importance of compassion and knowledge, they use criteria such a weight and fashion to show the true personalities of the characters. That in its self can be detrimental to a child. These types of fiction make the picture of beauty twisted and inconceivable. It makes a children’s view of
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perfect based on all the wrong reasons which sets them up for trouble in the future. Who decides what is perfect when you’re a child? What does perfection mean to a toddler? In this day in age is not about the beauty within, it is all about what you see on the outside. According to kidshealth.org,” While more common among girls, eating disorders can affect boys, too. They're so common in the U.S. that 1 or 2 out of every 100 kids will struggle with one, most commonly anorexia or bulimia. Unfortunately, many kids successfully hide eating disorders from their families for months or even years.” It makes no sense that children should be wasting their energy on worrying about their looks at that age. It is so imperative that parents stay active in teaching their children that looks aren’t everything. If they can get them on the right track from the beginning, it’s only going to make it easier on them when it really matters most. After that it only gets worse. Once the child has grown into a self conscious preteen, body
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Patriciajones during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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