Social Media has become an essential part of human life, whether we like it or not. People who are 22 and under have essentially grown up online. Whether it just be playing on ‘Paint’ or whether your parents are posting your baby photos to Facebook, there is no escaping the void that is social media. People are so obsessed with their online social presence that it’s taking over our lives. Body image is a continuous controversial topic amongst the media and will probably never stop being one. Women are so obsessed with the ‘ideal body type’ that it has created a divide in the female species
From this photo you can clearly see that there are various different body types amongst women, however what is considered ‘Too Fat’ and ‘Too Skinny’?
Across the media there are a countless amount of articles ab
out ‘Loving your curves’ or ‘Muffin Tops are sexy!’ but it is very rare to see articles about ‘Love your skinny body’ or ‘Embrace your thigh gap!’
These body image anxieties throughout the media are so biased that girls who are naturally skinny are shunned if they try and show the slightest bit of self confidence. These girls are looked down on by the media and on social media by their peers because if they do display any self confidence in their bodies it is seen as an act to stifle a bigger girl’s confidence and esteem. If a young girl posts a photo in her bikini she isn’t praised for being confident but she is looked down on for showing a ‘little too much skin’ and possibly hurting another girls feelings just because she has a flat tummy.
But in reverse isn’t a skinny girl’s confidence being stifled all just because she’s thin?
The media anxiety that is ‘Body Image’ is an on going circle of controversies and contradictions when all in all shouldn’t the topic begin and end with ‘If she’s a healthy weight for her size, then she’s beautiful’. This media anxiety has caused eating disorders in women worldwide all because they just want to be liked and viewed as beautiful by others. Along with this point, the media anxieties that are produced about body image can make bigger girls feel depressed when they see magazine covers such as Maxim which always have photos of ‘aesthetically beautiful’ women. This can and has caused controversy due to the ongoing topic that is ‘The Ideal Body Type’.
Another angle that this media anxiety has taken is that you are no longer morally allowed to call somebody fat, it is now considered discriminatory. But in conjunction with this there is such a thing as being over weight, which people seem to forget. I believe that when it comes to the body image anxieties that are produced in the media that it focuses too much on how you look as opposed to how healthy you are.