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In every magazine on every news report and in every newspaper you are sure to see an image of what is considered the perfect body Almost every picture I have ever seen of the tennis star Anna Kournikova seems to focus more on her well-toned figure rather than her success This assignment questions does the way the mass media present the body affect childrens attitudes towards women aerobics and other sports In this seminar the focus will be on girls between the ages of 12-22 years Young women have become more concerned about their physical appearance ever since we gained power and equality Maybe this can be blamed on the constant narrowing of the ideal body type in the media As we became more aware of our capabilities to make a difference society has also expected an even more slender body image based primarily out of magazines media pressures and superficial ideals The average woman sees 400-600 advertisements each day and by the time she is 17 years old she has been bombarded by 250 000 commercial messages through the media When girls look at a magazine image they see a rendition of the perfect body yet these images can be harmful as well as misleading This is due to the advancement of image technology and its ability to manipulate different body parts Not only do girls feel the pressure to be skinny indirectly by the media they also feel the pressure to achieve perfection and create the most desired superficial physical appearance It is a little known fact that high profile people such as Pamela Anderson have had unnecessary medical procedures and augmentations to achieve the perfect body Body modifications such as breast implants liposuction face-lifts tummy tucks etc are becoming more widely used to achieve a kind of personal perfection Although breast implants face-lifts etc may boost confidence they also reduce pleasure and create a false image as
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