How is Media Affecting Body Image?

Melissa Lopez, Reporter


Media is so powerful that nowadays even changes the way many cultures think and act; even the way they view themselves. Many studies had shown that an average person consumes 15.5 hours of media per day. Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes that others perceive them, but sometimes this is affected by family, friends, social pressure and media. In today’s society girls and boys are being flooded with messages about how they should act and look.  

With so many messages of the “Perfect/ Ideal Body” multiple people can even develop an aggressive obsession that can damage their health causing eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem and obsessive-compulsive disorders just to name a few. A negative body image can cause a low self-esteem can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use and suicidal thoughts.  

Teenagers are the most affected group by this because of their long hours in social media and internet. In a survey made by students in South Houston High School most of the students who answer say that they sometimes feel unsatisfied with their bodies and features and that the “perfect/ideal body” is mostly influenced by media.