More than eighty percent of Americans watch television every single day, and of those people, the average watching time is three hours per day (“Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders”).
This only contributes to a vicious cycle of self-hate, as studies prove a correlation between body dissatisfaction and frequent magazine reading (Serdar).
The same study proved that those who read fashion magazines experienced much higher levels of thin-deal internalization.
This is dangerously unhealthy because a large number of models in advertisements, television, and other media outlets are approximately 20% below ideal body weight, meeting the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (Dittmar and Howard 478).
Magazines are one of the biggest culprits of featuring this kind of images and advertisements.
Many are marketed to provide information and products to help women to ‘better themselves’, which is almost exclusively in reference to their physical appearance.
Readers buy the magazines and eat up in the information in hopes that following the magazine’s advice will make them more physically attractive, and thus, more acceptable.
These problems are beginning to emerge in girls younger and younger.
In a 2002 survey, forty percent of nine and ten-year-old girls have attempted to lose weight (Gentile).
These standards are often dangerously unhealthy and send a dangerous message that sacrificing your health is worth being considered attractive by societal standards.
Countless studies prove that the most media exposure one experiences, the more negative effects were reported on self-image and overall feeling of well-being.