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The Media's Dangerous Perception Of The Ideal Body Image

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Tonight, Captain America: The First Avenger was airing on public television, so I decided to re-watch this fantastic Marvel movie. The main character, Steve Rogers, is a big-hearted, anemic-bodied American in the middle of World War 2. His grocery list of health issues and lacking physique resulted in several rejections from the enlistment officers. However thanks to his friendly German doctor, he eventually found himself injected with a serum that made him the perfect specimen of an American soldier (“Captain America: The First Avenger). Rogers went on to become one of the most iconic superheros ever to grace the comic book and media outlets, in his world and ours. There is no question as to why: Rogers is tall, blonde with an incredible shoulder-to-hip ratio and a rock-hard eight pack. Any man in their right mind would want to look like Captain America, but how can they? After all, even the captain didn't look like the captain before injecting himself with questionable chemicals. There is a big discrepancy between what the media shows as perfect and what is normally genetically possible within the human body, and its becoming a dangerous issue.
Body image is defined as the way a person perceives their own body and the way a person assumes others perceive them. While it involves a person's “perception, imagination, emotions, and physical sensations”, body image is a fluid concept that is constantly adapting to their self and to their environment (“Body Image”). Body image is tightly linked with self-esteem and mental health because “when [people] feel bad about their bodies, they often feel bad about themselves” (“Body Image”). Holding negative opinions often leads to unfavorable results, causing something a phenomena similar to a self-fulfilling prophesy. Just as a job candidate who exhibits confidence at an interview is more likely to get a callback, a person who experiences low self-esteem (caused by a negative body image) is less likely to even attempt a similar experience. The way we feel about our bodies is an integral part in how we interact with inside our social world. However current media trends constantly make it harder to be satisfied with the way one looks, because no one in the media looks the way 'you' look.
On average, the United States watches over five hours of television daily. The same statistics also show that in a lifetime, the average American will have spent nine years of their lives watching some sort of television ("Television Watching Statistics"). There is also the fact that media and advertisements are almost inescapable in a modern, technologically-inclined society. Even if a person is not actively watching television or film (the most concentrated form of media available), they are subjected to a continuous barrage of advertisements and messages from nearly every source: radio, billboards, phones, magazines, etc. With these many hours invested into this form of entertainment, it is easy to see why the media has...

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