The portrayal of beauty is determined by the media, specifically through advertisements. We are exposed to thousands of ads every week, although subconsciously, these ads affect the way we think about feel about ourselves. When we look in the mirror, we want to see the same Photoshopped, airbrushed, and altered body that is seen in advertisements. The only issue with this is that obtaining the body image seen in advertisements is virtually impossible. Women are being set up to fail because the only way one can obtain a body shape seen in advertisements is if they’re genetically inclined to do so, or by starving themselves. Only a small percent of women in the world have the picture perfect body type- it’s close to 3% I believe, and starving oneself is neither a healthy nor happy solution.
So what does all of this mean? I hate to go all doomsday on you, but really this is a health issue, as Jean Kilbourne discusses. Our minds, bodies, and souls are affected by the images seen on TV and media in advertisements. What’s the best way to solve this issue? Bring attention to it.