It is vital that women recognize the narrowness of the ideal body that is portrayed in the media. If it is not recognized, than it can subconsciously manifest in a woman’s mind until she is filled with low self-esteem and negative body image issues. The most effective way to prevent this low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction is by learning from a young age that the media is not an accurate representation of women. Strong, confident female role models are also vital to preventing low self-esteem in young girls. The media has been somewhat responsible for lowering millions of women’s self-confidence and it can be linked to self-hate and eating disorders. If women work more towards empowering other women and themselves instead of focusing on beauty and looks, the media would have less of a hold on them and their young girls. Media literacy is a key factor in determining self-esteem and preventing things like eating disorders. Surrounding oneself with women who love themselves and pay no mind to the media’s idea of beauty can also be helpful.
Not liking yourself is such a painful experience but something as simple as empowering one another can boost self-esteem. Watch this video and give complimenting someone a try! “What It’s Like to Not Love Your Body”- Buzzfeed
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