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Body Image Still a Major Concern

Posted: September 28, 2012 by mskimmienguyen in Education, Health
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The body image issue has been an ongoing concern across the nation as more and more young people are becoming increasingly distressed over how they physically look.

There are many different factors that help result in women feeling inadequate in their own skin. The most dominate being from pressures created by the media.

The overwhelming presence of media images of painfully thin women means that real women’s bodies have become invisible in the mass media. Women internalize these stereotypes and compare themselves to other women.

The media has been at the forefront of why this issue is occurring. Through the use of Photoshop and the limited use of ordinary people for media representation the issue only seems to be getting worse.

Mission Australia’s largest annual survey of young people listed body image as on of the top ranking issue of concern in Australia among the ages of 11 to 24 year olds.

Hillary Dobre a 17-year-old high school student feels the pressure “ I usually watch reality TV shows. They kind of give you an example of how you should look like and then all of the magazines talk about how you should take this diet or you should eat that you should exercise. I mean even though you know its photo shopped you still kind of believe that their still perfect and you still try to aim to be what they look like”

Popular film and television actors portrayed in the media are now becoming younger, taller and thinner. Women’s magazines are full of articles urging that if they can lose those last couple of kilos, they’ll have it all, the perfect life. The Butterfly Foundation statistics says that 90% of 12 to 17 year olds females are on a diet of some type.

Body and Soul revealed just how ingrained negative body image is in women. 97 percent of women will say something negative about their body every day. 90 percent of women aged 15 to 24 want to change at least one aspect of their appearance, most of all their body weight.

Journalist Kristi-Lyn Charter from blog Living Healthy discusses the issue of body image caused by the media.

Video by mskimmienguyen

The Butterfly Foundation Mission Statement

“The Butterfly Foundation is dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image”

For more information go to www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

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