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For Now . . .

January 6, 2011

Since I’m just not going to be able to muster the mental energy to properly write on this blog regularly, I’ll start posting links to articles I find interesting. Like this one:

How secondhand media exposure negatively affects our kids: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110106144743.htm

Hopefully, getting back in gear in this minor way will inspire me to start rallying my brain and writing a bit more . . . wish me luck!

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One comment

  1. Media has always been an influence on women and men for the “standard of beauty”. Over time we all have been inundated with images of beautiful hair, wear this make up, clothing, try this diet, etc. As a consumer in the US, people eat it up literally. Dieting in the US is multi billion dollar industry. I believe that it is taken a step further – with the underlying tones of promises that if you are beautiful you will have happiness, love, etc.

    On a personal perspective of how media influences what we perceive to be beautiful ~ I was talking to a male friend of mine (this was several years ago) who said to me they thought Marilyn Monroe was the sexiest woman ever. I knew this person very well and her curvy figure was not they type of woman he was attracted to or the type of woman he would typically date…so to challenge him a little, I asked him “Did you know Marilyn Monroe was a size 10 or 12?” His response – “I didn’t know she was fat!” First I found this annoying but I did challenge him…so I informed him that she was not fat and pointed out he had just said she was the sexiest woman ever. (Could this be how media influences one’s perspective in different eras?)

    Unfortunately when there is a constant barrage of images of what the media portrays as the idea it can negatively affect one’s identity. It is sad to hear that eating disorders are on the rise in Fiji…I view eating disorders as slow suicide.

    Listed below are media influences in regards to eating disorders according to the Renfrew Center Foundation of Eating Disorders (2003).

    • The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of the American females.
    • The average model weighs 23% less than the average woman.
    • 90% of all girls ages 3-11 have a Barbie doll, an early role model with a figure that is unattainable in real life.
    • 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
    • 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
    • Officials, in Fiji, reported a sudden increase in anorexia and bulimia with the arrival of television in their communities.
    • The primary reason for following a nutrition or fitness plan was to lose weight and to become more attractive rather than to improve overall health and well being, according to mainstream nutrition and fitness magazines from 1970-1990.

    The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, “Eating Disorders 101 Guide: A Summary of Issues, Statistics and Resources,” published September 2002, revised October 2003,
    http://www.renfrew.org

    ***Please note the above is only related to girls – eating disorders are on the rise for young males as well.



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