I’m writing a research paper on the affects of commercial advertising on women’s confidence in their body weight, because ever since last semester I’ve noticed more and more the impact the media has on our self-image. I just remember in middle school talking about wanting to lose weight. I can’t even imagine being thinner than I was. When I hear girls around me talk about wanting to lose weight, I wonder how these ideas even entered their minds. It’s so easy to want to look like the women on TV because unfortunately, that’s the look (the ultra-thin model physique) that we’ve associated with “normal”. And I admit, I sometimes feel I want to look like the women on TV because they seem to be completely flawless, but I never consider dieting because I’m already at a healthy weight. It’s terrible that girls are developing unhealthy eating habits to attain this “beauty”. Most companies are not at all concerned with the negative impact that their advertisements have on women. They’re only interested in selling their products. Some of the things I’ve read throughout my research this semester have been insane. Kudos to Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty.
Anyway, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the issue. A friend told me yesterday that I was gaining weight, in a good way, and I was immediately self-conscious. Terrible.
Edit: I just got back from a late lunch with my friend and I asked him if I should get more food (I always ask people this, I have no idea why). He told me I was skinny and beautiful so it didn’t matter if I ate any more, I could eat as much as I want. Made me think. Beauty is so often associated with weight… I wasn’t asking because I thought it would make me gain weight if I got more food. I was asking because I just couldn’t decide!
Imagine conversations of the youth today.