“Nearly 50 percent of American girls in middle school and high school say, they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures,” says Dr.Michelle, Habell-Pallan of the University of Washington. As people started to use various electronic devices, they can easily access the internet from everywhere. Media does influence teens’ body image because it shows the ideal body images that are touched up by photoshop and people think they should have the same body images as the media that can lead them to death. Although some claim that media is influencing teens positively because they are exercising, still, they are trying lots of nonsense, and not proven way to lose their weight simply and easily.
First of all, images in the media harm teens by showing only the pretty and handsome people. The media usually shows the ideal body images that only a few people can naturally born with or that are touched up by photoshop, but teens don’t have any skills to find out if it is realistic or not. Specifically, the media mentions that the person with a thin body, a small face, big eyes with double eyelids, and high nose is the pretty person. In particular, the site AskMen provides that the average U.S. female model is 5’11” to 6’2” and weighs 140 to 165 pounds. Media is making the trend that thin people are more beautiful than the chubby or the fat people . As a result, teens think that they have to be like the person from the media to be called pretty and handsome, so they try to fit into that charming and handsome people groups.
Secondly, images in media harm teens because these cause teens to believe the unrealistic media. In order to achieves that level of proportional body images, teen are not eating enough nutrition that they need for their bodies to grow up. In Dying To Be Thin, Marcos Cano argues that mostly young women that perceive themselves as fat have such an intense fear of gaining weight that they starve themselves, or take diet pills to prevent from gaining weight. (Page 54). The evidence points out that they are not sure of what kind of chemicals are inside the pills, but they are obsessed with losing their weight. Therefore, it causes many teens to develop anorexia, which means they can’t digest the food so they can’t eat any food. Unrealistic media images are influencing teens in negative ways by leading them to get anorexia and if it’s really serious, they will die because of diet pills that they eat without any information.
A common argument against this position is teens try to lose their weight by exercise and intake food with lower calories. In The Ugly Effects of Beauty, Marcos Cano provides the graph, How Teens View and Manage Weight. 68% of girls and 55% of boys had exercised to lose weight. (Page #55) Many teens are trying healthier ways to lose their body weight and even it helps them to be mentally strong and don’t get any sickness easily. Although this argument seems convincing at first, there are numerous teen girls who are into thin bodies and teen boys who are into muscular bodies, and they want to get these bodies without working hard by exercising. Some students choose to not eat their food, take diet pills, and vomit or take laxatives to lose weight. In Dying to Be Thin, Katie Ford argues that the biggest problem in America is obesity. (Page #55) This evidence is significant because it shows that even they are trying many bad ways, not only in healthy ways to lose their weight. After looking closely at both sides, it shows that teens are not only trying healthy diet, they are doing everything to get thinner and thinner.
Media images are having a negative impact on how teens think of their bodies by showing off only pretty models with thinner bodies who look prettier even though they wear the same clothes. Teens should stop thinking that thin people are pretty so they are pushing themselves too hard to lose their body weights. If they desperately want to lose their weights, then they should do exercise and eat less fat and sugary food, not take diet pills and powders. Teens should stop thinking about ideal thin, muscular bodies, and parents should limit their children from looking at many media images.