If you pay attention to the images you see in the media, you may start to feel inadequate. What I mean by this is we are presented with this unrealistic idea of perfection that is pretty much impossible for any normal human being to be without Photoshop. After a photo shoot Cindy Crawford once stated, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford”. The obsession with being society’s idea of “perfect” is not just a small problem but a raging epidemic.
Some statistics I had found on the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website were quite alarming:
The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.
-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.
- 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
-81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
There are children that haven’t even been given the opportunity to fully develop deciding that they would rather look like someone else and even more notably given the idea that they need to be!
My question is, why? Why must we try and fit ourselves into this unrealistic mold? Why must we abandon our morals to be exactly like someone else? What happened to the promotion of being unique and being your own person? What is just so good about being like someone in a magazine who’s perfection doesn’t exist but is brushed on and technologically enhanced?
These unrealistic expectations are set say hypothetically in an advertisement that say we aren’t pretty, or healthy, or have good skin, if it isn’t the way it’s represented in these ads! This is disgusting it’s immoral, it’s wrong. It’s time to start a revolution, it’s time to focus on being healthy instead of deathly thin, it’s time to be happy about who we are, it’s time to start a revolution to stop hating our bodies.