Advertisements Affect in Teenage Girls

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Sending a Different Message in Advertisements


Advertisements cannot be taken away from companies, since they are what sell products, but a change of reality can help the teenage population. What I mean by “change of reality” is to have average and realistic size models and mannequins to promote the realistic average size. By promoting average size women in advertisements will allow teenagers to accept their body image and instead of comparing it to what is far from obtaining, which is modified skinny and underweight women. I believe this will allow teenage girls and women to boost their confidence and be accepted by society by other concepts aside from the body image. Having average size models, can promote that there is not an ideal image, but rather to have a focus to be accepted by whom every individual is.

Advertisements should consider stopping promoting a constant image of beauty and skinny women. As explained in my advocacy report, teenager’s self-esteem becomes affected and to fit the ideal image women tend to diet. An agency of average size models is the Natural Model Management, which promote average size women who are beautiful and are realistic size. The models of Natural Model Management promote beauty, without having to be extremely skinny, but rather to show their body as it is. These models’ size varies from size 6 and up, and this agency does not consider the models to be “overweight” of “fat”, but rather realistic size.

Promoting average size models in advertisements can help the public to accept average as ideal size, instead of skinny.  Change of models can help the public to become more accepted of every body being unique, instead as seen apart for not fitting what the media displays.

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Problem and Solution


Through my blogs and advocating the influence advertisements have on teenage girls. What I mean by influence is the  way advertisements  focus in skinny being the accepted body size which later influences teenagers to believe that the average size should not be accepted nor beautiful. In the research I have made gave me stunning information of as explained that,

“The reported prevalence rate for anorexia nervosa is 0.48% among girls 15 to 19   years old. Approximately 1% to 5% of adolescent girls meet the criteria for bulimianervosa. Today, more than ever, adolescents are prone to concerns about their weight, shape, size and body image, and as a result, diet to lose weight” (Morris, 2003, para.1)

This information explained by Morris shows the reason why the influence of teenage girls is serious since they are putting their health at risk. Although the numbers are not as high of the girls that have meet the criteria for bulimia, these are only small amount that have gone the extra mille for trying to have the ideal body image by purging and vomiting to it into what is thought of being the perfect body size or shape.

The way I plan to solve this situation is by proposing more health education within dieting in high schools. I believe this can give more information to these teenage girls to understand the harm they are doing to their bodies. Also this can help them find new ways to diet by changing their eating or exercise habits to become health and look healthy as well. I hope to get this running by proposing it to the school board in the Monterey County to put it in practice if educating of dieting can help teenage girls to diet for their health and not for cosmetics.


Morris, A. M. (2003, June 08). The impact of the media on eating disorders in children and adolescents. Web. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved from

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Not Enough Prevention on Advertisements


Through my research on the negative affect media has on adolescent girls I came to the conclusion that there is a lot of information, but not enough prevention from allowing advertisements have a toll on females. What the media is affecting teenage girls is by their constant focus on women’s body image, but the public does not notice this issue, because we have become prone to the images and just believe that they are the ideal.

The reason to why I focus on teenage girls is because as I was growing up I thought that being average weight was overweight, but I was wrong.  Teenage girls do not like to be set apart in any group, never less to be identified as the “chubby” or “fat girl” of the class; and for many cases these girls are not even close to being overweight, but we have become susceptible to the images of skinny being ideal. Through my research I found an article of a store in Sweden who had average size mannequins, size 14-16, and mothers were angry because they argued that it was presenting obesity to be fine for their children. This is just one of the many examples that were found, but it shows how we are just use to seeing ideal images of skinny and when we see the average we believe that it is over weight. Hopefully teenage girls do not feel the pressure of losing weight to fit what is “accepted”, but instead allow their body to develop as it should.


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Advertisements Negative Impact on Teenage Girls



Through my blogs I have been focusing in the way advertisements have been a negative impact on teenage girls, and by research I have come across information I did not think about in the beginning of my research that it would influence and affect teenage girls. Advertisements show ideal images of women being flawless and excessively thin, and focusing in women puts pressure on teenage girls to believe that they must look like the image po

rtrayed as growing up to fit into society.

Teenage girls have constant reminders of what it is to fit in, and feel as if they have fail if they do not fit the ideal image. For many, advertisements are constant reminders of what it is to be beautiful, flawless, and skinny; but the risk many teenage girls take to look that certain way is affecting this population. Teenage girls tend to diet by not eating to not “gain weight” and when fail to lose weight, their self-esteem is brought down because many believe that excessive weigh is not beautiful since it does not fit the ideal image.

Teenage girls are a vulnerable population, since they are developing physically and mentally, but feel as if they fail when seen apart in society. Teenage girls should not feel as if they are different or ugly because they do not fit the ideal image of an advertisement mode, but instead understand how to love their body, and not change it to fit in to what is probably not reality.

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Why are Advertisements an Issue for Teenagers? And why does it Matter Now?


Advertisements have been used for many years to advertise product or message, but the message that is being gained from teenage girls is affecting the way they see and feel about their body image. Teenagers are more exposed to the media now than before and they see images of model women leading them to feel a need to imitate the image they are exposed to. The negative effects advertisements have in teenage girls is lowering their self-esteem and risking their health by over dieting to achieve what they believe to be ideal image.

Teenage girls who do not achieve the image of what is considered beauty tend to have a lower self-esteem. There is a large amount of teenagers who do not like to apart from society, and by not fitting physically can lead to interpretation and not setting limits of achievement of the goal, which can lead to over dieting. By over dieting or binge eating to look as a model is a risk since most likely the models themselves do not look as they are displayed since images are modified to looking better. Modified images lead to a feeling of failure, which teenage girls feel as if they have not achieved the image portrayed.

I believe that since the media is used more often by teenagers overall, everyone should consider this issue since it can affect mentally and physically. A particular audience who should care are teenage girls since they must understand that every body is different and that they should not try and imitate an image that is modified, but rather love their body for how it is.


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Advertisements Constant Focus on Women’s Image

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I have been researching on the way advertisements have been affecting teenagers by the way they see their bodies, leading the urge to fit into society. Within the research I was able to find more on the affects advertisements have had within teenagers, even the affects that I had not even thought of happening. Researching the issue brought to me the constant focus on women’s image within the media, which opened my eyes on the realistic cause of why teenagers are affected by women’s advertisements.

Medias’ constant focus on women looking ideal as beauty, flawless, and skinny is the affect in which teenagers are looking upon now more than ever. Teenagers are vulnerable in images and researching this issue gave me an input on a survey of teenagers in a school of San Francisco which 80% of girls claimed to be in diet to look good when in reality they were not all overweight. This showed how only images can create an impact on the way teenagers become self-conscious with images seem every day of ideal women.

I have been enjoying this topic for the cause in which not a lot of people are concern of this issue, but yet the effects have been seen and tested, but yet there is not much done about it. Further on in my paper I will speak about my proposed solutions to stop the constant focus in women’s image.

What I Have Learned so Far About My Topic and my Writing Process

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What I have learned about my topic is than I thought that was necessary. For example, I have came across to a blog of women’s right movement where in a department store there were two mannequins which  were normal size 4 looking. From those mannequins, the public began to say if the store wanted to portray obesity, yes the mannequins were regular figure of an average women, not a size 0 or 00. Another thing that has stood out to me about my topic has been that the models have to be a size 0 to preform in a cat walk, which for me shows the reason why they look so good with the cloths they wear, but it plays with the head as well to imitate their image too. What I worry about is how bad advertisements have been affecting teenagers, and I wonder how much more effect it has taken in teenagers since they are in a developing stage of loving or hatting their bodies. 

As of my writing process I am still having difficulties in finding the correct words and limiting myself in adding words that I do not need. Another problem is that I tend to confuse my reader, by adding too much or making my writing messy.

Advertisements Affecting Teenagers



My new topic is on advertisements negative effects in teenage girls’ self-esteem, and the constant focus in women’s image taking an impact on teenage girls. My topic is like Tannem (1999) describes, a “crystal of many sides”, because there are many arguments to the topic which people many not see advertisements as a problem, or may not even realize the effect it has on teenagers; whereas there is many people who believe that advertisements do effect the young population and wish to make a difference of the outcome it has in them. The people whom I believe that are having these arguments are the media and the public, since the media wants to show a figure of perfection, and the public tries to achieve the ideal image, when in reality most of the advertisements are Photoshop and modified to create perfection. I believe that in this point “true dialog” cannot exist, because there is always the two sides who are attacking each other, such as feminist movements and advertisers, claiming how they are right and how the others are wrong. Also because there will continue to be advertisements with beautiful, skinny women, and it can take impact on how teenagers see themselves and have the desire of reaching that perfection. This issue has many sides since the public can too agree that advertisements promote skinny models which can encourage teens to lose weight or have a healthier diet.  Therefore, my focus will be on teenage girls affect when seeing advertisements by imitating and lowering their self-esteem if not fitting the ideal image and not fitting into society.