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How the Media Has Contributed to the Various Ways That the Youth Are Using to Change Their Body Image These Days?

2017
11.03

A negative effect of media on a teenage body image is already notorious. Decades ago, people were already exposed to refined and supernaturally beautiful images. They saw them on billboards, in magazines, and on TV. Today beauty images invaded social media, and teenagers are staring at “perfect” people for hours. For the last 20 years, eating disorders skyrocketed among young people. Everyone wants to be perfect, especially today when everything private shall better become public.
TV shows and beauty pageants set the standards of beauty that are rather unattainable for an average American. After obesity became the epidemics, it got harder to be slim. Overweight teenagers have little options to make themselves beautiful. They either stop eating or purge trying to get rid of calories. Consequently, teenage years are wasted in search of a perfect body, experienced therapist, and effective treatment of major depression.
A new concept of sexuality has evolved rapidly over the last decades. The fewer clothes the model has on, the more beautiful she is considered. Sexual manifestations make an eye-catching advertising campaign, but manifesting one’s sexuality in the real life sometimes looks shocking. Teens (and their parents) have forgotten about other ways of showing their sexuality than walking half-naked. A cult of a perfect body has overthrown any other appeals we show through mimics, voice, body language, etc. People suddenly forgot that they can remain beautiful without looking flawless.
Young people love to be liked, and there is nothing wrong with it. But an extensive promotion of perfect bodies makes it impossible for many to ignore their little flaws. Changing one’s body is a complex and long process. It remains for us only to help teens look out for more than retouched pictures on the web.

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