Cultural and Media Influences on Health. Michael Todd. Media Influence. return. Topics of Interest. Body Image. Exercise. Sexuality. Body Image. Below are measurements of your average adult female compared to Unrealistic body images. . Average Woman Height 5’4”
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Below are measurements of your average adult female compared to
Unrealistic body images.
It is impossible for a woman to obtain the figure of Barbie.
Julia Roberts Pamela Anderson Jennifer Lopez
The above are measurements of women that you see in the media. The images that the media portray as beautiful are still unrealistic for most women.
Q: What Effect does the media have on body image?
A: Although the media can be a powerful tool, not everyone is affected in the same way by the same media imagery. This is usually because some people are more vulnerable then others. For example; chances are that if someone has a low self-esteem, they are more likely to compare themselves to media images, which can make them feel even lower about themselves if they feel that they do not meet the same standard of beauty that the image they are looking at is representing.
Dr. Alvin Poussaint
Questions to ponder