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Mirrors Truth

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Adam Meyers
3/14/14
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The Mirrors truth

Everyone is unique due to an individual physical trait. Even though everyone has a different idea about what his or her perfect body would be, changing one's personal features would take away from individuality. Today, many people feel inadequate because they compare themselves to models and edited photos while trying to assimilate to their lifestyle.   I believe that body image can be harmed by experiencing too much media.

What is body image? body image is you picture yourself and how you think other people picture you and how you feel about your body. Daniel Askt accurately described the importance of looks when he said ” People’s looks speak to us, sometimes in a whisper and sometimes in a shout, of health, reproductive fitness, agreeableness, social standing, and intelligence. Although looks in mating still matter much more to men than to women, the importance of appearance appears to be rising on both sides of the gender divide.”   Mass media has been able to shape popular culture and often influence public opinion. However, when abused, the influence of media can be a harm to society. It’s hard to see an advertisement today without   thin, tan women, and tall, muscular men parading around selling the product. This incorporation of only the most beautiful people into advertisements can lead to less self acceptance and a poor body image. Media today will almost exclusively present the perfect body to the public, hoping that consumers will try to achieve fitness using a certain brand or product, however,   many people suffer from inner conflicts as a result of failure to achieve the body of a top athlete or fashion model. As a result of these unobtainable and flat out false body images projected by the media, men and women have developed physical and mental   problems, including: bulimia, anorexia, dangerous eating patterns/ habits, low self-esteem, and depression. Consumers could find the truth more easily...

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