Dima Arafat - 12 Yellow: The Human-Objects

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The presence of an ideal image of us, women, portrayed by media as a thin body with perfect skin, pearl-white teeth, straight, silky hair, and perfect body fat distribution, can't be denied by anyone. There are certain standards that we are supposed to live up to, otherwise we are deemed not "beautiful."

It is displayed everywhere and everyone is subject to it every day of their lives. Besides social media, magazines, billboards, and TV are a few other platforms of publication.

Women have become insecure about anything and everything related to their image because of the unrealistic standards that the media have set forth as the only acceptable body image of women. What the promoters benefit from that is getting women to buy all the "beauty" products and diet aid to raise their sales profits.

In a recent study, 17% of 10,000 girls aged 8-12 have induced vomiting or used diet pills to lose weight. By the time girls reach adolescence, eating disorders become the third most common illness afflicting them. Another study shows that over three-quarters of female characters in TV are underweight, and only one in twenty actresses are above average weight and size.

It has become an obsession to lose weight that the number one wish for girls around the age of adolescence is to lose weight or obtain that "model body". Although it is important to stay healthy, over exposure to the thin photo-shopped bodies of models can later on lead to depression, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.

Nowadays, an average model weighs about 23 percent less than an average woman would weigh, whereas two decades ago, the average model weighed only 8 percent less than an average woman. The media is always feeding the minds of young girls and even grown women the idea of always needing to adjust their bodies to the ideal or "perfect" body - which in reality, doesn't exist.

All throughout time we've been telling young girls that beauty isn't how their body looks, and that it's what's on the inside that matters, but with that in mind, isn't that the exact opposite of what the media is showing them? You can't expect a young girl in her teen years to believe that sentence when everything she sees around her says that her body image and weight are what define her status in society.

If achieving beauty will come at the price of all these young girls' health and emotional states, is the media really justified for setting these unattainable standards?


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