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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