Media & Social Anxieties – Body Image


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.



2 thoughts on “Media & Social Anxieties – Body Image

  1. The notion of body image within the media has taken a complete 180 degree turn lately. Earlier this decade skinnier bodies were praised, leaving bigger individuals unrepresented in the media, resulting in an increase in mental illnesses, eating disorders among the younger generation, who felt pressured to be a size; which was originally to be ‘smaller’. The movement of ‘loving who you are’ was introduced due to the anxieties of the public in relation to the younger generation- particularly women- being affected by this negative imagery in magazines, television and particularly the modeling industry; where only smaller built bodies were gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways. However, certain endorsers of this movement have in fact omitted the ‘skinnier’ body shapes entirely from their campaigning. Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ is an example of the spin in regards to body image representation in the media. Although her song claimed to have good intentions, the only way she knew how to bring up curvy women, was by putting smaller women down with very contradictory lyrics. “‘Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”- Unless of course, you know, if you’re skinny, because boys won’t like that. She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night/ You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll/ So if that what you’re into, then go ‘head and move along”. This song, which attempted to decrease the anxieties of young girls being affected negatively by the one sided portrayal body types in the media contradicted it self entirely, in which Trainor did the same thing. Not only did she degrade smaller built bodies, calling them “skinny bitches”, but also made bigger girls feel that they should only love the size of their bodies because boys like a “little more booty.” Not that they should love their own body, simply for themselves. So instead of decreasing the anxieties in relation to body image in general, she merely flipped who was at the receiving end of societal pressures.


  2. Hello, I just wanted to say that I was very interested within your blog. The anxiety within body image is of course an ongoing issue within the media. I personally have come across many instances where a person is being judge by the look and shape of her body and I personally think its disgusting. In fact you made a really good point within your blog post by stating, “This media anxiety has caused eating disorders in women worldwide all because they just want to be liked and viewed as beautiful by others.” This is a true fact that is a major issue within our modern society and has even caused deaths because a person has felt that his/her body is not the correct body image within our society and its such a shame because at the end of the day we should all appreciate how we look 🙂


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