Body ImagePoor body image may lead to unhealthful and harmful eating behaviors.
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How do we determine what is and is not physically attractive? Where do ideas of our body image come from?
What Media DoesImages of attractive men and women are used to sell products. Sexual innuendos are included in advertising. Inaccurate and unrealistic views on relationships and body images.
We tend to regard our own cultures customs as highly civilized and others as savage. Cultural Ethnocentrism
Is what other cultures do to alter their appearance really that big of a stretch for us? Is it really weird? Is it really savage? Is it really that much different than our own culture?
The fashion model, for men and women, is one of the most visible media figures
For women:25 years ago Average model weighed 8% less than the average American woman.Today average model weighs 23% less than the average American woman.For men:In the past 25 years Average playgirl centerfold man has lost about 12 lbs of body fat, and has put on about 27lbs. of muscle.
Average FemaleBarbieStore MannequinAverage MaleGI JoeHeight54 5560605.9.9 Weight145 lbs101 lbsNot available189lbsDress size11 1446Bust/Chest36 3739344055Waist29 311923Bicep1527Hips40 423334
Plastic Surgery Options?Facelift, eyelift, hairplugs, rhinoplasty (nose job), liposuction, skin removal, skin tightening, muscle tightening, Botox injections, breast augmentation, breast reduction, penis enlargement, hair removal, otoplasty (pinning ears back)..And we think other cultures do weird things to their bodies?????
And soWhat is normal? And why are we letting the media dictate that definition?
Especially watch out for these appeals:Youre lacking or missing outPromisesStar PowerExcitement
RULE 1: Be a savvy reader-know the advertisers tricks1. What is being advertised? 2. Who is the target audience? 3. What does the advertiser want me to believe? 4. What do I know to be true? 5. What advertising appeal did they use?
There are very few ads for guys, and whenthere is one,they dont have many words
but that ads for girls are full of words-messages aboutbeing perfect,flawless,not goodenough, + that youre lacking insomething
RULE 2: Dont ever compare yourself to a magazine ad - What you see is not reality!!Every photo you see in a magazineis digitally altered!!
Wouldnt we all look great if we had hours to spend with a professional hair stylist, or make up artist, or fashion consultant, or a personal trainer??? RULE 3: Dont compare yourself to celebs!
DONT COMPARE YOURSELF TO CELEBRITIES, STARS, ADS, OR MAGAZINES!!
InsteadLearn to like yourself. Realize:
The Self-Esteem Campaign RevolutionAdvertising that is trying to make a more positive influenceDove Campaignhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46UEvolution female (what it takes to be beautiful)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_I17cK1ltYManipulation (male spinoff to the Dove campaign)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFp0R3pWqrE&feature=endscreenPressures of being a man (Dove Men + Care)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vilUhBhNnQc&feature=relatedBanned in the U.S. for showing too much skin.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6JvK0W60I&feature=relatedBeauty pressure
Eating DisordersEating disorders are extreme and dangerous eating behaviors that require medical attention.
Eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses.
They are often linked to depression, low self-esteem, or troubled personal relationships
Eating DisordersSocial and cultural forces that emphasize physical appearance can play a role in eating disorders.Research also suggests that genetics may be a factor in the development of eating disorders.
Anorexia Nervosa People with anorexia nervosa see themselves unrealistically as overweight even when they are dangerously thin.Definition: An eating disorder in which an irrational fear of weight gain leads people to starve themselves
Anorexia Nervosa People with anorexia develop obsessive behaviors related to food, such as: avoiding food and mealseating only a few kinds of food in small amounts weighing or counting the calories in everything they eat exercising excessively weighing themselves repeatedly
Anorexia Nervosa Possible health consequencesBrittle bones Drop in body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure Reduction in organ size Heart problems and sudden cardiac death
Bulimia NervosaPeople with bulimia nervosa regularly binge then purge.Definition: An eating disorder that involves cycles of overeating and purging, or attempts to rid the body of food
Bulimia Nervosa Binging is eating a huge amount of food in a single sitting.
Purging is forcing vomiting, taking laxatives to flush food out of the system, or fasting or exercising frantically after a binge.
Bulimia Nervosa Possible health consequencesDehydration Sore and inflamed throat Swollen glands Damaged teeth Damage to the stomach, intestines, or kidneys Irregular heart rhythms, heart failure, and death
Binge Eating Disorder People with binge eating disorder do not purge. Binge eating disorderan eating disorder in which people overeat compulsively
Binge Eating Disorder Consequences of binge eating disorder include: Becoming overweight or obese Developing the health problems associated with obesity
Seeking Help Eating disorders are serious illnesses that require medical help.
Medical help may involve counseling, nutritional guidance, a doctors care, and, in extreme cases, a hospital stay.
Seeking Help If you think that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, talk to a trusted adult, such as a parent, counselor, or school nurse.