Presentation on theme: "Examining Body Image. Defining Body Image How a person feels about his/her appearance based on his/her own observations and the perceptions of others."— Presentation transcript:
Defining Body Image How a person feels about his/her appearance based on his/her own observations and the perceptions of others.
How does one develop a negative body image? Negative comments from others about their appearance Having low self-esteem and lacking a sense of self worth Not being able to fit into the smaller sized clothing sold in stores Media messages about being thin and attractive Comparing themselves to the “cultural ideal” of beauty
Media Influence on Teens Teen magazine reported that 35 percent of girls 6 to 12 years old have been on at least one diet, and that 50 to 70 percent of normal weight girls believe they are overweight. Teen magazine reported that 35 percent of girls 6 to 12 years old have been on at least one diet, and that 50 to 70 percent of normal weight girls believe they are overweight.
What health consequences may result from having a negative body image? Excessive dieting and exercise that can lead to health issues, i.e. eating disorders Withdrawal from friends and social events Depression or self-harm Use of diet pills or steroids Elective procedures to change appearance, i.e. botox, plastic surgery
What strategies are used in advertising to sell health products? Doctors and experts Before and after pictures The “everyone is using it” approach Use of celebrities and models Use of sex appeal Digital enhancement
Digital Enhancement Should the media have the responsibility of telling the consumer when an advertisement as been digitally enhanced? Photoshop Effect Photoshop Effect Photoshop Effect
What advances in technology can help maintain or improve health? Exercise equipment, i.e. treadmill, pedometer, Wii Fit Internet access to health information New surgical techniques for weight reduction Health related shows on TV, i.e. Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser Exercise DVDs Food tracker programs Vitamin supplements
Beware of Supplements Click the image to watch a short video.
How do you develop a positive self image? Maintain the proper balance between exercise and nutrition Hang with friends who make you feel good about yourself Focus on the things you like about your appearance Get involved in activities you enjoy Stay focused on your goals Be critical about advertisements and commercials that target ideal beauty
Dove Commercial Is it healthy or realistic to view people in the media as having the ideal image of attractiveness? You decide!