Framing The World Through My Photographs

Assignment 1 – Media’s Effect On Body Image/Beauty

Whilst researching the effect media has on beauty I came across a few survey results from America, the results are from a few years ago but I found the finding to be fairly interesting.

Media’s Effect on Body Image

The popular media (television, movies, magazines, etc.) have, since World War II, increasingly held up a thinner and thinner body image as the ideal for women.

  • In a survey of girls 9 and 10 years old, 40% have tried to lose weight, according to an ongoing study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
  • In a study on fifth graders, 10 year old girls and boys told researchers they were dissatisfied with their own bodies after watching a music video by Britney Spears or a clip from the TV show “Friends”.
  • A 1996 study found that the amount of time an adolescent watches soaps, movies and music videos is associated with their degree of body dissatisfaction and desire to be thin.
  • One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

Points I have pulled from this video.

  • 81%of 10 year olds are afraid of being over weight
  • The average person sees 400-600 advertisements a day
  • No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.
  • The media around is filled with images of unrealistic ideas of beauty.
  • Society is exposed to an unnatural body type.

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