Does the media’s focus on beauty have an ugly side?
According to ACOG in 2009, 54% of females who are 12 to 23 years old are unhappy with their bodies. Nowadays, most teens are motivated by social media trends. Among the bad effects of social media, images in the media are one of the worst influences for teens. Images in the media are really harmful for teens physically, mentally and financially. Many teens are suffering from eating and weight disorders as they try to make their body the same as models, which is their ideal type of body image. Images in the media harm teen’s body image. Although some claim that teens can be more physically active or healthy,in reality, teens suffer from weight and eating disorder and they cannot maintain their healthy diet.
Furthermore, images in the media harm teen’s body image. Teens use more cosmetics or plastic surgery to improve their appearance. According to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons), more than 236,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients age of 19 and younger in 2012. The evidence indicates that most of the teens hope to performed, and already many teens use cosmetics to perfect their look. To summarize, images in the media harm teen’s view on their appearance.
Moreover, images in the media harm teen’s body image because they create unhealthy habits. In fact, images in the media are harmful to teens because it cause eating and weight disorders. In article #2 (A Teen Anorexic Fights Back), Ali Tate argues that many students are suffering from eating and weight disorders. The evidence indicates that teens are trying to lose weight to achieve the physique of a models, which is their ideal body image. Teen believe in the unrealistic images from the media and try to imitate them, resulting in some teens suffering from weight and eating disorders such as bulimia. Thus, it is logical to conclude that images in the media are harmful because they cause eating and weight disorders.
Others may hold the opinion that images in the media are beneficial for teens. In The Ugly Effects of Beauty, Marcos Cano argues that teens are likely to be more physically active or healthy because of media images. This example is used to illustrate that media images can give positive effects to teens by motivating them to be more physically active and maintain a healthier diet. However, this argument fails to consider about people dying from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa. These women perceive themselves as obese and starting to starve themselves, which can sometimes lead to death. Basically, Marcos Cano is saying that Colleen was a teen victim of anorexia whose perception of herself didn’t match reality. She tried to lose weight too much, until her fingernails looked blue and she was at risk for a heart attack. The evidence indicates that many teen girls who are trying to lose their weight perceive themselves as fat even though they aren’t. Teens girls look at media images and they try to be exactly the same as unrealistic images. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that there are some beneficial effects of media images to teens, but negative effects outweigh the positive effects.
Images in the media physically, mentally, and financially harm teens. It harm teen’s body image, causes weight and eating disorder and lures teens into purchasing artificial cosmetics. All of these problems harm teens physically, mentally and financially. Unhealthy diets harm teens in a physically way, harms them mentally, and teens trend of cosmetic surgery harm teens financially. As a conclusion, it is logical to decide images in media is extremely harmful for teens.