There is pressure to be a certain way is ever-present in our society. Generally for women, the focus is weight. Many women are exposed to pressures of what my weight “should” be. Many females struggle with this pressure every day via different media outlets. YHM asked someone in their 20s and someone in their 50s what their feelings are on the emphasis we put on weight.
How do you feel about the pressure that the media puts on weight loss for women?
Katherine Andrews: I feel as though the pressure the media puts on weight loss for women is too much. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for either a way to lose weight for women or a food product that notes the amount of calories it has (usually 90 calories). Constantly being bombarded with these messages seem that obsessed with weight, forces a person who doesn’t even need to be thinking about her weight to question her lifestyle. I think being conscious of your weight is important for health reasons, but the way weight and weight loss is portrayed in the media is simply overbearing.
Benita Lattanzio: I believe the media projects an unrealistic look for women today. Most women I know are not 5’9″ and 110lbs. From young girls in TV shows, to the supermodels in ads, they are all tiny and fit. The ‘plumper’ girls are portrayed as sidekicks and are used as comic relief. From what I’ve seen over the past 30 years, I would say that girls try and emulate the thin women in the media, rather than their bigger companions, and they will go to unhealthy lengths to get there. This leads to bad eating habits and trying short cuts to weight loss. I feel that the media makes some women feel inferior; like if they don’t have the latest look, then they won’t belong. The media does not empower young girls enough.
What we can do to remedy these ideas, however, is place more emphasis on healthy lifestyles, and accepting other women, and most importantly ourselves, regardless of shape and size.
By Maria Lattanzio | Feature Photo: Christopher Campbell | All Other Photos: Courtesy Photos