Essay on The Media And Body Image

1308 Words Jan 8th, 2015 null Page
Various terms and definitions are relative in the idea of what body image is or concerns. According to research done by Kasey L. Serdar, body image is a complicated aspect of a self-concept that concern’s an individual’s perceptions and feelings about their body and physical appearance. Serdar also stated that numerous studies have verified that one’s subjective evaluation of their own appearance can have a powerful impact on a person’s development and psychosocial experiences. Factors that often play a role in how body image is perceived by a person include but are not limited to comments from families and friends, ideals developed about physical experience, experience of physical activity, and exposure to images of idealized versus normal bodies. Although many of these factors are controllable; some of them are not, media only partially in control of the viewer (Body Image). “The media and body image are closely related due to the number of images we see in the media and the excessive amount of exposure we have to those images” (The Media and Body Image). The influence media has on individuals in American society greatly distorts healthy views on body image. As defined by Dictionary.reference.com, media is “the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines that reach or influence people widely.” With the enormity of media in society today, it is unsurprising that it plays a part in what is considered acceptable in the concern of body image.…

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