Society's Pressure on Women

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Society's Pressure on Women

Many young girls in today's society own Barbie dolls. She has the perfect hair, the perfect life, and the perfect body. To the young ladies growing up, she is a role model. If Barbie were life-size, she would be 5'9'' and weigh one hundred and ten pounds. She is known as "perfect." Is anybody truly perfect, though? According to society, there is always somebody too short, too tall, too skinny, or too fat. Women feel pressured by their peers to be thin, light, and beautiful.

If Barbie's body proportions were real, she wouldn't have enough body fat to survive. Experts claim the more often girls play with her, the lower their self-esteem goes, body images worsen, and desires to become thin strengthen. Advertisers tell viewers to always be confident and happy with their bodies, but at the same time, they evolve and distort their model's images to make them appear taller, thinner, and more attractive to both men and women.

On December 18, 2011, a global proposal was created to encourage mandatory disclaimers when manipulating bodies in advertising.

Movie actresses, models, and music artists are all female icons for average women. They look up to these celebrities and wish to be just like them. Demi Lovato was one of many Hollywood stars that suffered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are serious and complex problems that affect millions of men and women all over this world. It is common that eating disorders are thought to be just about foods, but they are about so much more than that. Eating disorders often start from feelings of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, or in most cases, society's pressure to be a size zero. She once stated, "Society puts pressure on people in the spotlight to look a certain...