Media and the Teen Body Image Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Media and the Teen Body Image
An argument that the media does not cause negative body images in teenagers.
# 128324 | 1,526 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper explores the research on whether eating disorders and negative body images are primarily caused by exposure to negative media influence. The paper explains the findings that suggest that anorexics may be more susceptible to media images of thinness because of underlying depression and anxiety, but that the media exposure is not the root cause of their ailment. The paper emphasizes the complex social, psychological, and personal factors that give rise to negative body images and highlights the importance of the message teens receive from their parents.

From the Paper:

"Why don't you have an eating disorder? Why don't you have a negative body image? These may sound like strange, counter-intuitive questions. Shouldn't you ask: why do you have an eating disorder, given this is a presumably abnormal mental state? Or, why do you have a negative body image, presuming that having a positive body image is 'normal'? However, if you were to accept the conventional wisdom about the causal effect between exposure to negative images in the media and body image, then by definition you should have an eating disorder or at very least a negative body image, unless you are one of those few, unlikely people whose body type conforms to the media ideal."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Girls get anorexia 'because their brains are wired differently' (17 Dec 2007). The Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 Oct 2008 at
  • Holmstrom, Amanda J. (2004). The effects of the media on body image: A meta-analysis. Entrepreneur. Retrieved 26 Oct 2008 at
  • Media's effect on girls: Body image and gender identity. (2008). National Institute on Media and the Family. Retrieved 26 Oct 2008 at
  • Witmer, Denise. (2008). Teens say parents influence more. Retrieved 26 Oct 2008at

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