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Dying to be Beautiful Beautiful or else --a message often presented in society is often detrimental to the American public The desire to be beautiful has received more attention by blinding the public with images of the beautiful people The extent of the message the media portrays to our society is more harmful than beneficial to the average person The images depict the common person as unattractive which causes many to alter their figure to attain the medias vision of beauty Unfortunately these unrealistic pictures mostly affect self-conscious adolescents who are surrounded by images of what the media considers beautiful Each day adolescents are exposed to magazines with models who appear extremely emaciated along with men and women who have a perfect muscular physique These Calista Flockhart- and Arnold Schwarzenegger-like clones are not representatives of normal everyday people so they should not be considered images of beauty However many young adults look up to these fake role models and imitate their appearance Due to the impact that celebrities have on individuals from the younger generations people now find themselves bombarded by young Brittany Spears wannabes wearing tiny mini skirts and naval-bearing shirts Seventeen magazine even has a ludicrous section on how to look like a favorite celebrity it includes ideas as to what clothes to wear and what kind of makeup should be used The medias influence is driven by the spending power of the younger generation and has purposefully created a superficial generation Many teenagers and adults have gone to extremes to attain the best often deadly appearance possible Millions of misguided people including celebrities have died due to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa they are willing to risk their job or their life to attain the image the media expects In 1983 Karen Carpenter the promising lead singer of The Carpenters died of heart failure due to anorexia nervosa which can be attributed to the pressure she received from the
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