Beauty Within Essay Research Paper Loryn Fox — страница 2

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not good enough, like our height, weight, eye color, or hair. These magazines make us feel inferior because we do not look like the stereotypical model. It is really sad that the media has such the power to influence our opinion on what is beautiful and “normal.” Magazines always have articles on how it is not sexy to have an hourglass figure, while having a stick thin body with no meat is in. The media’s portrayal of being sexy is a tanned body and a starved adolescent look. Advertisements impose what we must look like in order to be accepted in a world so obsessed with body image and as depressing as it may sound, we buy into it. After seeing all these flawless women portrayed in the media, the female gender commonly takes a path that makes matters worse. Girls are left

to think about their self-images continually. Their minds become warped with all these ideas about losing weight to look like the models. It has a negative affect on ones self-esteem because they become obsessed with how they look. Girls start looking at the fat, calories, and carbohydrates in foods so they know how much they will consume, and plan their workout accordingly. Their priority becomes doing all it takes to lose the weight, which sometimes can be fatal because of the ways they want to accomplish the goal of losing weight. Some girls starve themselves and deprive their bodies of nutrients, which brings on anorexia. I was horrified seeing a friend with the disease. I know that I could never be anorexic because I love food so much, but it is so scary knowing that so many

girls are faced with this disease. I remember watching a Lifetime movie about a girl who was anorexic. It showed that her body was weakening and her skin turned a vile green. She was depriving herself of nutrients that she needed to survive. In another movie, a girl had bulimia and she would binge eat candy and other sweets and throw it up after. This is terrible for a person’s body because it weakens your muscles, ruptures the stomach lining, causes irregular heartbeats, causes kidney damage, ends menstruation, and damages the tooth enamel from vomiting frequently. Many girls with these eating disorders keep it a secret from their family and friends. Their more important priorities are now behind how their body looks. Doing well in school and being social may not be as

important as before, and their attitude may change for the worse with depression being a common side effect. Girls with eating disorders are usually very tired because of their weakening bodies. Aside from the physical consequences, another change that occurs is the absence of self-esteem. Having confidence is a necessity for everyone, without it, girls feel useless. It is common that when a girl looks at herself in the mirror she feels fat and ugly. Almost everyone wants to be tall and skinny and if they don’t achieve this, they believe they are failures. I always look at other girls and think, “Why can’t I look like her?” I am not overly happy with how I look, but I cannot help it. I think about my flaws all the time. Recovering from an eating disorder is a hard thing

to face. Many girls find it extremely difficult to admit they have a problem. They have to admit that they are destroying their minds and bodies and need help. Clinics are available everywhere for girls to get help. They tell the girls that there is no reason to be insecure about their bodies and they are beautiful. They learn that nobody is perfect; not even the models on television. Another vital issue learned is that what is on the inside is more important then how you look on the outside. It is okay to look different than models. Recovery is a long procedure to go through. It takes time accepting the fact that abusing and depriving your body is not an answer. Fortunately, many girls overcome this obstacle. It takes strength and will power to move on, but in the end the girls

will feel like they accomplished something. Advertising companies must terminate the publishing of only beautiful, “perfect” women. In today’s society, with the various amounts of individuality expressed, it would be beneficial to girls if they actually turned on the television and saw a girl on a commercial that is a size 10, instead of a size 2. The media should expand its horizons and realize that the world has a lot of people who are not tall and skinny. They can focus a little more on inner beauty and strengths, then maybe when we look in the mirror, we would not just see what we look like on the outside, we would be able to see the person we really are. 321