July 21, 2013
What are your thoughts on how the media portrays body image for young girls?
One of the most annoying things about the media (only one, you say!) is they don't know anything about REAL life and it is all about trying to direct all of us to follow along with what just a few 'experts' think they know. I hate the image of the stick thin model. I hate to see a mother who works out constantly, obsesses about how she looks, talks about her diet and exercise programs all the time and then turns around and says to her little girl, "honey, of course you aren't fat."
Fat Talk goes on everyday in the world. Between two women (or two girls). I hear my grand daughters say such things as "I hate my thighs." "Do you think my stomach sticks out too much in this dress" And they are only 11, 13, and 13. There is so much teasing and bullying at school that these girls are terrified of being called fat. And it is not much better with the boys. My 15 year old grandson is obsessed with his height and weight. And all of this turns into eating disorders in a world already full of kids with all kinds of other mental disorders.
I don't see anything wrong with eating healthy. I see nothing at all wrong with exercising. But when that is ALL a mom can talk about, or dad is constantly getting out of the house to run or go to the gym, the kids get the idea that body image is really, really important.
But with all of that being said I really do believe that we, the consumer, is mostly to blame for these continued problems with body image. We still buy the magazines that have the stick-ladies on the cover. We still buy the products that these models are selling. We still watch the programs on TV that are allowing these images to be put before our impressionable young people. So are we really the ones that are to blame, and not the media?
Tell me what you think: