The Correlation Between Disney Movies and Poor Body Image in Young Women

1414 Words Mar 27th, 2010 6 Pages
Disney was named the world's second top media company in the US for the year 2004. They have produced over 44 “classics” and are one of the most recognized names in animated film (Peterson).We expose young girls to these animated films at a very young age, yet doing so does not seem to be good for these children. Disney’s movies are littered with a virtually unattainable image of what a woman should look like and feeding such images to girls at a young age is wrong and causes low self esteem and poor body image.
The term body image refers to a person's sense of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the physical appearance of his or her body (“Body Image”). Girls are susceptible to influences telling them what they should look like even at
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The thinness portrayed by the women in these movies is unrealistic, giving young girls false beliefs about how they should look. In Canada today, almost 90 per cent of women and girls are unhappy with the way they look (Johnston). This leads to serious health problems such as unhealthy dieting. This unhappiness is occurring in younger and younger girls, sometimes even as young as four or five, mainly because of how early on in life they are subjected to these unrealistic images. Researchers generating a computer model of a woman with Disney princess proportions found that her back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body, and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimetres of bowel. A real woman built that way would suffer from chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition, not to mention have to walk on all fours (Sperry).
Real people do not look anything like a Disney princess, though some have tried; Sarah Burge is a former Playboy Bunny who started her surgical pursuit of perfection at age of seven, when she had ears pinned back. Since then she's had work done on her chest, buttocks, nose, teeth, eyes -- pick a body part, odds are that she's improved it through a surgical procedure. She has reportedly spent over £540,000 on plastic surgery, and currently holds the world record for highest number of plastic surgeries (Burge).
Sarah Burge is only one example of an adult woman who let her

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