Young People and Body Image Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Young People and Body Image
A discussion of the obsession of many young women and men with their weight and body image.
# 144949 | 1,149 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper argues that the emphasis of young people on body image and weight is a direct result of the images that are projected by the media and film. The paper discusses other factors in this obsession with body image, including lack of self-esteem and self confidence, peer pressure, the need to belong and the search for identity. The paper comes to the conclusion that the media and advertising help to promote unrealistic ideals and an obsession with body image that is also perpetuated by other factors in society.

The problem and causes
The media

From the Paper:

"The problem of an excessive attention to body image has been noted in numerous studies and reports. One of the most serious outcomes of this obsession is disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, especially among younger women; although this disorder has also been found to occur among men.
"In brief, Anorexia Nervosa is a serious and often life-threatening eating disorder. It is medically defined as "...a refusal to maintain minimal body weight within 15 percent of an individual's normal weight". (What is Anorexia Nervosa?) A telling aspect of this disorder in terms of the topic is that it has been strongly related to the problems of body image and weight perception. Furthermore, many experts link idealized images of the body in the media to this and other similar disorders, such as Bulimia. It is estimated that approximately eleven million women and one million men in the United States suffer from eating disorders. (Media Not Totally to Blame 11)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harrison, K. (1997). Does Interpersonal Attraction to Thin Media Personalities Promote Eating Disorders?. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 41(4), 478+. 1997.
  • Media Not Totally to Blame. (2000, December). USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education), 129, 11. December 1, 2008; from Questia database,
  • Orenstein, Peggy. Schoolgirls : Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. New York: Anchor. 1995
  • Phares, V., Steinberg, A. R., & Thompson, J. K. Gender Differences in Peer and Parental Influences: Body Image Disturbance, Self-Worth, and Psychological Functioning in Preadolescent Children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33(5), 421+. 2004.
  • Smith A.M. The Power of Peers. December 1, 2008.

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