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The impact of the media
January 25, 2011
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BettyAnn
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I think it's really awful that Hollywood and the media continue to portray the perfect woman as skin and bones. I feel terrible for girls growing up in this day and age. One of my friends has a 16 year old daughter who has a naturally tiny frame and weighs, at most, 100 pounds. I couldn't believe it, but her daughter was complaining the other day about not being the same size as she was last year. My friend is now keeping an eye on her daughter to make sure an eating disorder doesn't develop. So sad.

January 28, 2011
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My niece was one of the victims of this. She thought in order to be popular, she had to starve herself. She was a bit chubby when she started and it was a good idea when she started but she wouldn't stop and was in danger of starting to have all of the complications of anorexia. She is finally out of it, married and is a bit chubby which suits us fine! She is a sweetheart and finally realized she the harm she was doing to herself.

January 28, 2011
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I agree! It is a shame, and the media couldn't care less how much damage is caused by their portrayal. Have you checked out old movies? A lot of them had *real* women as actresses and size wasn't *everything* - much better content as well, usually!

January 28, 2011
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I agree and I think it is a shame too.  I think beauty should be the norm not the super skinny sick looking girls.  It makes me so mad when I hear my daughter tell me she is fat.  She is not fat by any means.

I think we need to watch what we say and what we do too as parents.  Kids are so impressionable.

January 29, 2011
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It upsets me, as well. I don't think I am huge, maybe a little chubby. But whenever I come home to visit my family, they all comment on how fat I've gotten. I am around 110lbs. It is very upsetting to me. I have no doubt that the media creates a negative impact on perception. I really wish it wouldn't, I've had similiar discussions with friends. They are thin, but think they should be thinner.

January 30, 2011
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Seriously?  They tell you how fat your have gotten?  What a great family!  I can't imagine anyone telling me that.  That is why I say it's so important for us moms to watch what we say around our young daughters.

January 30, 2011
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Media has a huge impact in our everyday life and not just to teens. If you try to look anywhere inside our house, it has been influence by advertisement in televisions or scenes on TV shows. Even the way we act is influenced by what we see in the TV or movies.

January 30, 2011
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freeme said:

Seriously?  They tell you how fat your have gotten?  What a great family!  I can't imagine anyone telling me that.  That is why I say it's so important for us moms to watch what we say around our young daughters.


Yes, I've mentioned it to my mother before about how it irritates me. She just replies with, "Well, you know how they are." It happens every time I go home to visit, so I try to take it with a grain of salt...and also remind myself that I only see them two or three times a year.

January 30, 2011
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It is sad! My nine year old youngest twin mentioned to me she looks fat one time and I was horrified! She is actually skinny! I watch what I say around my kids because I don't have a perfect figure but they see it all over tv and magazines. I try to tell them that being that skinny is just not healthy.

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