Body Image Stereotypes

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Body image is “the mental image an individual holds of his or her own physical appearance” (Ballaro Wagner, 2015); as well as the way in which a person believes they are perceived by others. Since the mid-twentieth century, media has influenced both males and females to conform to idealised images of beauty. The idealistic body shape for a female is extremely thin, with emphasis also placed on having large breasts. For males, it is ideal to be tall, slender, muscular and tall. “All forms of media, including television, films, magazines, newspapers, music videos, and print and television advertisements” (Khor, 2014) have helped to shape these perceptions of ideal physical beauty and attractiveness. These unrealistic expectations place extreme

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