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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How the Media Affects the Body Images of Women The average US woman is 5'4" weighing 140 lbs. $20 Billion is the annual revenue of the U.S. Weight loss industry The average model is 5'11"and 117 pounds 85% of the customers who consume theseproducts are women of advertisements in teen girl magazines use beauty appeal to sell their products 50% 7 in 10 six-twelve year old girls want to be thinner The Effects of female characters in movies had comments made about their looks 58% of the women in television shows made comments about their appearance 28% percent of the female models in the accompanying commercials made comments about their appearance. 26% of articles in leading teen girl magazines included a focus on appearance 37% of girls in 5th-12th grades reported that magazine picturesinfluenced their idea of a perfect body shape. 69% The body type potrayed as the ideal is only possessed naturally by of American females 5% 80% of women who answered a People magazine survey responded that the women in the movies and television made them feel insecure Over one half of teenage girls are underweight due to unhealthy behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smokingcigarettes, vomitting, and taking laxatives. Roughly half the women in the U.S. wear a size 14 or larger,however most standard retailers only sell sizes 14 or smaller. When asked to choose their ideal body shapes, 30% of women chose one that is 20% underweight. Every year, the averageadolescent sees over advertisements mentioning attractiveness 5,000 Most magazines edit the photos of women by modifying the body parts,creating an imageof a woman that doesn't even exist. New research has concluded that Americans spend up to twenty-three hours a week on the internet of young women have substantially disordered eating attitudes and behaviors 15% A study found that adolescent girlswere more fearful of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war or losing their parents. After viewing images of female fashion models, 7 out of 10 women felt more depressed and angry thanbefore seeing the images Even though only 1 out of 10 high school girls are actuallyoverweight, 9 out of 10 of them have already been on diets. In order to change these alarming numbers, the pressures of society from the media need to change. The focus shouldbe on being happy and healthy, not on being perfect and the same as everyone else.
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