Don’t let stereotypes and standards fool you
CONROE, TX, December 04, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — While it would be nice to believe that our society today facilitates total acceptance, that is not the truth. This is largely due to social media, which presents standards of beauty that are unattainable. This leads to body shaming for fuller, as well as lean figures. Unfortunately, body shaming capitalizes on tearing women down on the basis of appearance and shows them their value lies in the way they look.
The number of those suffering from eating disorders, especially children and adolescents, is steadily on the rise. The underlying belief in a perfect body has lead to an unhealthy obsession with food, exercise, and appearance. Young people who believe they cannot meet the ideal (which is most), have biased perceptions about how much food they should eat and how much they should work out. This leads to forming poor health habits that are dangerous and difficult to break.
Images in the media play a huge role in the way we view our bodies. The goal of advertising is to convince us to buy things, but ads typically choose people who do not look like us. Most fashion models wear a size two or four while the average American woman is around a size 12. Additionally, these models are photoshopped and edited to remove any flaws and make them appear even thinner than they already are. However, women expect to be able to actually achieve these body goals.
While it may seem like we could recognize when ads show us something that is not real, this tends not to be the case. The constant images of unrealistic standards have become the new normal and it is difficult to remember that is not reality. Being constantly flooded with ads and social media portraying these images can lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and depression. It is important to realize that there is no one perfect ideal of beauty. Beautiful women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can be your own kind of beautiful.
The truth is there is no universal symbol of beauty or health. Women all around the world deal with people judging their weight and shape. These unsolicited comments made by anyone from friends and family to your hairdresser need to be questioned so we can celebrate all bodies. Diversity and individuality are what makes us all special. Getting rid of the idea that all bodies fit a specific image will allow us to eliminate the negative ideas surrounding women’s bodies.
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