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As the media evolves and becomes more accessible, it constructs easier ways to spread information and reveal society ideals such as the perfect body ideal. The media’s perfect body ideal for women is to be thin and physically “flawless”. Not only can this ideal be unattainable for some, it can also be damaging. The media is having a negative impact on women’s body image by causing women to attempt extreme dieting and instigate eating disorders, undergo cosmetic surgery, and develop low self-esteem. The media heavily supports the idea of women being unnaturally lean and skinny so women resort to diets, which can lead to eating disorders. This can be seen through magazines, videos, commercials, ect. “In a content review of women’s fashion and fitness magazines…only 6% of the models had rounder, softer body types and 95% of the models in the fashion magazines were characterized as lean(Common Sense Media).” The push from the fashion and fitness industries to be thin can lead a woman to partake in destructive dieting procedures. Daily dieting with unhealthy steps will become a routine and can eventually develop into one of many eating disorders, such as Anorexia. “It is estimated that almost 1.3 million adolescent girls in the United States have Anorexia, a disorder that has one of the highest suicide rates…(Common Sense Media).” As previously stated in the quote, eating disorders can have a lethal effect, an effect that could decrease if the media were to support diverse body weights. Unfortunately, extreme dieting is not the only method that women have tried in order to seem thinner or prettier. As an alternative, women have resorted to cosmetic surgery to look similar to the images they are fed by the media. According to Teens and Cosmetics, in 2015 there had been 65,000 surgical procedures done on young women between the ages of 13-19, that included breast lifts and augmentation, tummy tucks, nose reshaping, and liposuction(Zuckerman). The pressure to accommodate to the beauty standards coerces women and in this case teens to take action in order to look prettier or skinnier. As women become more aware of how they look and compare themselves to the models and other “beautiful” people in the media, they begin to criticize their body and begin wanting change. However plastic surgery can come with its own risks and complications such as infections and loss of sensation(Zuckerman), and that’s something that patients seem to overlook when they go in for plastic surgery. On the other hand, plastic surgery can also lift someone’s self-esteem. When they get the body or face that they need they feel as if they are in equality with the standards presented to them by the media. Plastic surgery can also benefit a person if they have attractive features they wish to correct(Zuckerman). Nonetheless the media is affecting the way that women judge their bodies and features in a negative way and a surgical makeover is not necessarily the best solution.The media can take a negative impact on women’s bodies physically but it can also damage their mental state and lower their self-esteem. Women will idolize an unattainable body, and this constant comparison will make them feel lesser than the photo or article displayed in the media. “One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are ‘unhappy with their bodies.’ This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen(Teen Health and The Media).” On the other hand, when women share flattering photos of themselves on social media, it has the capability to boost one’s confidence and thus rise their self-esteem. However, most of these flattering pictures have been altered or filtered in someway, the pictures are not true to how they really look or who they really are. Lowered self esteem is just the cherry on top because it relies on other factors like the ones mentioned before. A woman who sees her body negatively and criticizes herself, will provoke her self-esteem to diminish. The media can be one of the sources that can cause body discrimination and dissatisfaction.There are negative influences within the media that can destroy the way that a woman can see her body and it’s clear that there is more room for positivity. The perfect body ideals that have been swimming in the media have the power to drive somebody to create unhealthy diets or eating disorders, go through cosmetic surgery without thinking about the potential risks, and deteriorate self esteem. If the media were to give “the perfect body” a different meaning, one that supported women’s diversity, then these problems would most likely lessen. Until then, women of all ages will see their own body and compare it to a body that is unattainable, a body that has been modified.