Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder... Or Is It?

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Your body is a battleground, and every calorie you gain is a new war. This is the message that the media seems to be sending to teens and adolescents everywhere. Our perception of beauty has changed drastically in the past few decades. Now, we do not think of people of all different shapes and sizes as being beautiful and unique. Instead, we picture tall and slender women with beautiful skin and shiny hair as well as tall, muscular men… the ones we see in magazines and billboards. Teens are bombarded with these kinds of images each day and what many don’t realize is that the images of the models and celebrities we see have a whole crew working to make them look that way. The influence of the media starts early with Bratz and Barbie dolls, which may eventually lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The media has a very negative effect on our society (particularly teens).
The push of perfection starts at a very young age with Barbie and Bratz dolls having perfectly proportioned body parts, at least they seem perfectly proportioned to us, and the male dolls having six pack abs. According to a book called “Body Wars,” on average , 98% of 3 -10 year olds in North America own at least 10 dolls or action figures. “At a time in their development when children are trying to understand what it means to be a boy or a girl, they are getting the narrowest possible image of what those gender roles mean,” says Levin from the APA ( American Psychological Association), Children get a distorted perception of beauty from the beginning because dolls such as the Bratz dolls present beauty as skinny, tall girls, with bright makeup and designer clothes. Not only this, but it also depicts these same dolls in different professions, in a perfect house, with perfect accessories. This seems to be sending the message to children that looks are everything and that they are the key to being successful. The body that seems so perfect and so desirable is actually not at all. In fact, according to, if they were to be the size of real people, most doll and action figures would have so little internal fat that they would not have enough room for their kidneys and large intestines. If Barbie were a real person, her measurements would be 38-18-34.” Comparatively, the average woman’s measurements are approximately 41-34-43—only about one in 100,000 women even come close to matching Barbie’s body image. In addition to this, in 1965, Mattel came out with a “Slumber Party Barbie”. The doll also came with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight,” and inside this book it gave the advice: “Don’t eat”. This message may be the lead to a disastrous choice that these children can make as they become teens: eating disorders.
As our society emphasizes this negativity toward fat and obesity, while showing us stick-thin, airbrushed models as the ideal body image, it’s actually causing depression, dieting behaviors, and eating disorders. In almost...

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