"Whoever controls the media -- images -- controls the culture" ( MacLean, 2000, page 36). Body image is affecting Americans both health wise and economy wise. Steroid use is going up for children because of their body image. Children are also cutting down on food causing eating disorders like Anorexia ( a nervous loss of appetite). Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls cause a lot of children to worry about their body image. More should be done to help children deal with peer pressure about body image.
Body image is bad for the economy . Yes Americans might buy more magazines for tips with their body image. But in the long run we will lose money, because the people trying to fix their body image will most likely go days at a time and only eat 1 or 2 meals. If that happens we will lose money. For example if a person who spends $300 a week goes to $300 a month because of a diet we would lose money, and after a while everyone will switch from $300 a week to $300 a month.
Body image is a main cause for eating disorders. Anorexia is one, this disorder is a fear of gaining weight and the people who have anorexia actually think thy are fat even though they are underweight. Bulimia is an other. People with bulimia are also very dissatisfied with their bodies and worry about their body weight and shape. Finally there is depression people with depression often have a unclear view of themselves and believe they are less attractive than they really are. "In conclusion, negative body image is a serious problem and has damaging affects on women's self-esteem and it can lead to depression, as well as an eating disorder. Changing our world starts with you,