Portrayal of Women in the Media
The first step to combating this “ideal” is to create your own ideal body image:
1. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry.
2. Be realistic about the size you are likely to be based on your genetic and environmental history.
3. Exercise regularly in an enjoyable way, regardless of size.
4. Expect normal weekly and monthly changes in weight and shape
5. Work towards self-acceptance and self forgiveness- be gentle with yourself.
6. Ask for support and encouragement from friends and family when life is stressful.
7. Decide how you wish to spend your energy -- pursuing the "perfect body image" or enjoying family, friends, school and, most importantly, life.
Refer to the three A’s:
Attention -- Refers to listening for and responding to internal cues (i.e., hunger, satiety, fatigue).
Appreciation -- Refers to appreciating the pleasures your body can provide.
Acceptance -- Refers to accepting what is -- instead of longing for what is not. Our current society has learned to treasure beauty before brains. This effects girls more than ever to change how they dress and how they look in order to be accepted. For example, well-respected news-show host Greta Van Susteren moved from CNN to Fox in 2002; in doing so, she surgically altered her face to appear younger and more “beautiful”. Her surgery symbolizes what many media analysts have argued for decades: that the way a woman looks