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The Media and Women
A look at the issues caused by the media's portrayal of the female body.
# 49988 | 1,134 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2004 in Communication (Mass Media) , Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders)

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This paper examines how the world today is full of messages and images about body image. It discusses how, although the images and messages are directed towards both men and women, women bear the brunt of most advertising campaigns for body products, diet aids, and fashion. It looks at how these ideas of body image affect woman of all ages and can have detrimental affects on the mental and physical health of women.

From the Paper:

"When body image is low, dieting often occurs. It has been shown that dieting can also lead to many problems. According to a 1987 study, over 95% of the female population have dieted at least once in their lives (Dittrich, 2003). Often, the dieting is not healthy eating, but rather just a reduction of food intake. This diet method leads to depression and other emotional problems due to a lack of proper nutrition. In addition, deprivation of calorie intake has been shown to cause permanent damage to the learning part of the human brain (Hicken, 2002)."

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