Advertising, particularly for fashion and cosmetics, has a powerful effect on how we see ourselves and how we think we should look. Why is there such pressure to make models increasingly thinner, to the point of erasing whole body parts? In recent years there have been some efforts in the magazine industry to buck the trend. Some clothing retailers have also committed to not using underweight models, most notably Canadian retailer Jacob. There is resistance to change, both within and outside the industry: when the Australian magazine New Woman included a picture of a heavy-set model on its cover, it received a truckload of letters from grateful readers praising the move, but its advertisers complained and the magazine returned to featuring bone-thin models. February 26,
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The effects of advertising on body image have been studied by researchers, ranging from psychologists to marketing professionals. Particularly, the body image advertising portrays affects our own body image. Of course, there are many other things that influence our body image: parenting, education, intimate relationships, and so on. The popular media does have a big impact, though"  This is because thousands of advertisements contain messages about physical attractiveness and beauty , examples of which include commercials for clothes, cosmetics, weight reduction, and physical fitness. Researchers, such as Mary Martin and James Gentry, have found that teen advertising reduces teenagers' self-esteem by setting unrealistic expectations for them about their physical appearances through the use of idealized models.
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The average teen spends about nine hours per day using media for their enjoyment, according to a report by Common Sense Media. Frighteningly, those same teens spend less than an average of 10 minutes a day talking to their parents. Movies, commercials, magazines, and websites portray beautiful people as ideal. Underweight models and Photoshopped images of perfection are everywhere. Diet products and beauty items send the message that being thinner and more attractive is the key to happiness and success.
March 18, — People often claim to ignore advertisements, but the messages are getting through on a subconscious level, pioneering author and ad critic Jean Kilbourne told an audience at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health on March 3, The average American encounters 3, advertisements every day, and spends a total of two years watching TV commercials in their lifetime, Kilbourne said. At the center of many of these ads is an image of idealized female beauty. Models are tall, slim, and light skinned, and digitally altered to ever-more unrealistic proportions.