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Looking at the unedited photograph of Jennifer Lawrence I see a beautiful, healthy young women. She is already an idol to a large portion of youth, so why do these magazines feel the need to photoshop her beyond reality?

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When told to think about what media are majorly blamed for, the most common issue that arose was body image among youth. Maybe its prevalence was due to the fact that my friends and I fall into the vulnerable category according to my age and gender, but nonetheless I believe it is an important issue that has lifelong impacts a massive group of people. I personally believe that media are the cause of the majority of body image issues among youth. Not all, but most. This is verified by copious amounts of research, one of which states that 80% of women feel insecure when seeing images of women on TV, in movies, magazines, advertising ect and when you think about it, youth are surrounded by this media both in public and in our homes for hours everyday. The scariest thing this study showed, was that 81% of ten year olds are afraid of becoming fat. These are children! Who already have a set ideology on what a women “should” look like due to media. And it’s not only girls/women who’s confidence of body image is deteriorating due to media. Boys and men are equally as vulnerable and have similar unrealistic standards throughout the media. I have heard so many stories of young male teens who have eagerly started going to the gym to “bulk up” while their body is not fully developed, resulting in stunting their growth and other health issues. Young female teenagers who take drastic measures to get the “ideal body” run risk of developing serious eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Is selling a magazine or advertisement really worth risking the health, wellbeing and happiness of society?

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References-

– http://healthresearchfunding.org/teenage-girls-body-image-statistics/

-http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/16/jennifer-lawrence-photoshop-flare-cover_n_4452105.html