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Navigating Body Image: Media's Role in Shaping Perceptions


Impact of Media on Body Image



The impact of media on body image is significant, affecting individuals of all genders. Media representations of weight and body shape contribute to body image concerns, particularly in relation to weight stigma and appearance. Exposure to manipulated photos on social media and time spent watching television have been linked to negative body image. The influence of media on body image is also compounded by societal factors, such as parental and peer influence. Girls are particularly affected by the portrayal of idealized body types in media, leading to a culture of perfectionism and insecurity. Boys are increasingly experiencing body image issues, influenced by media representations of idealized masculinity. Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth also face body image challenges compounded by limited representation in media.


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