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Colleen Wanner Mr. O’Shea ENGL 1120 November 30, 2011 Effects of the Media on Female Teenagers: Eating Disorders The current society we live in today is heavily influenced and swayed by what the media deems as “the standard.” The Internet, magazines, and television shows continually drill ideas of what the “perfect body” should look like. Young women, especially teenagers, are in constant contact with some form of media on a daily basis. Whether it is subconscious or not, the images and words don’t and shouldn’t be representations of a healthy body image. Young women try to emulate what they see on the runway, in magazines, and on television. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to the media’s depiction of body image. Teens have always been known to be more easily peer pressured, and peer pressure from the media isn’t any different than peer pressure from a classmate. Eating disorders are highly glamorized in the fashion world and represented in a positive outlook. Eating disorders are extremely serious illnesses that in many cases can result in death. Teens that are subjected to poor self-esteem are much more likely to have an eating disorder. Being thin is viewed as being beautiful. “‘The promotion of the thin, sexy ideal in our culture has created a situation where the majority of girls and women don't like their bodies,’ says body-image researcher Sarah Murnen, professor of psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. ‘And body dissatisfaction can lead girls to participate in very
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unhealthy behaviors to try to control weight.’” (Hellmich, page 2) Young girls will go to extreme measures to achieve “beautifulness” anyway they can to feel accepted into today’s society norm. The fashion industry gives teens an unrealistic view of how they should look. “Runway models have to have a certain look, says Kelly Cutrone, owner of People's Revolution, a company that produces fashion shows around the world.” (Hellmich, page 3) Cutrone also stated, "If we get a girl who is bigger than a 4, she is not going to fit the clothes. Clothes look better on thin people. The fabric hangs better." (Hellmich, page 3) This quotation emphasizes the message to young women around the world that in order for clothing to look good, you need to be a size two. Although one
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ENGL 1120 taught by Professor Cyr during the Fall '08 term at Auburn University.

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