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Post The Impact on teenagers. - April 19th 2009, 04:05 PM

In magazines everywhere, and on tv everyday we see models. Models who are unhealthy because they are so underweight. We even get the average healthy looking model, but we wouldnt know it because in magazines, they are edited to look skinner and gorgeous.

Yes, this works, we all sit there looking at these women in magazines, thinking gosh, shes a right stunner, but this is having a massive impact on teenagers all across the world today. So many teenagers are becoming anorexic and alot of the cases start because they feel 'fat' and 'ugly' compared to these beautiful stick thin women in magazines.

So why are magazine ediotors still producing these magazines with thes 'lovely' stick thin models when they are 100% aware of what the dangers are?
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 19th 2009, 04:10 PM

Because of sales, people do everything, and anything for money.
Girls, and guys are more likely to buy a magazine with a beautiful man or woman on the cover than say, an average person. Beauty brings people in, it's marketable, and makes people want the magazine. Yes, it's pretty soulless, but a lot of the world is, because it's so money obsessed.
I'm sure these magazines have done surveys to see the comparative sales for beautiful people, and average people in them, so they'll know what sells, and that's generally all they care about.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 05:55 PM

because people dont want to look at 'fat' 'ugly' models
a lot of mags are now criticising for being too thin now i think..

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 06:00 PM

Yeah it's annoying most of the girls I know are all low self esteem because of this, annoying really.
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 06:31 PM

In a few countries some designers wont let girls under certain weight on the cat walk, which I think is a step in the right direction.
But otherwise its just for money and I think its awfull. all of these thin girls making adverts for food which helps you lose weight, how sick is that?!
I wish they'd bring some normaly sized women back on the covers of magazines

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 08:26 PM

i don't see anything wrong with them putting skinny models on the front of magazines. it doesn't make me think.. "omg i need to lose weight to look like that." although i can understand the effect it could have on some people, but at the end of the day a skinny model is seen as more attractive than plus size model, so it will therfore sell more copies.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 09:08 PM

Why else does the entertainment business do anything? Money.
They could care less about how dangerous it is to send girls and women these signals. They don't care that girls growing up in this day and age, looking at all of these thin models, will often starve themselves to the point of hospitalization. Why should they care that more than half of the teenage girls in America admit to having a bad self image? As long as they have enough money for their fancy cars and vacation homes, they're satisfied. >:[
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 20th 2009, 11:56 PM

I would frankly never date a girl who treated herself horribly in order to be as thin as a twig. Plus, I'm not really into twigs. I like girls who have at least something on them.


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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 01:07 AM

Well, it is what "society" considers attractive at the moment. And while i hate society, i also hate being in their unattractive category.
So yes, i will continue trying to lose weight, not because i want to be healthy, ill do it because i want to be considered attractive. call me shallow i dont care. and if i had the willpower to starve myself i probably would too.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 01:10 AM

Do you buy those magazines? Then, you're helping the issue.
If you don't like it, don't support it by not buying it. Write in letters saying you want to see models with more meat on them.

Better yet, buy a magazine that doesn't use skinny models.
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 03:44 AM

It's very hard on me sometimes, but I try my best to ignore it. I hate the word ugly and I think that ugly people are much more rare than beautiful people. If only more people could see beauty through the eyes of other cultures and not just their own...

EDIT: I'd also like to add that fat girls and skinny girls are all equally as beautiful. But if you're eating too much or too little, you need to find help

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 06:31 PM

They do it for money. IMO, if the person looks at the magazine and becomes anorexic, the person is a major part of the problem. The magazines are not fully at fault for the person's insecurities and eating disorder onset and progression. Money has more of an impact than a bunch of sniffling teenage girls crying about their weight. If I were the magazine editor, I'd be more concerned with the money any day.
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 07:34 PM

Why can't we go back to the good old days when models looked Normal ...you know, the 'I eat properly' look. Those were good times, but the world seems to have lost its way

Being a naturally 'thin' person, I can tell you it is absolutely horrible looking at my arms ..I just wish they were thicker ..and my legs aswell. Honestly, I've seen more meat on a cheese sandwich lol but because of my fast metabolism, my weight doesn't rise above 7stone ...and I'm nearly 18. Its stayed stable at 7stone for like 3 years, so I'm hoping with any luck that when my teenage years end, my metabolism will slow down and I'll beef up
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 07:46 PM

well they only exist cos theres a market for them I suppose! we are our own worst enemies really. Its amazing how bad I can feel about myself when i watch too much tv with 'beautiful people' in it. Its so hard to keep your head straight with it.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 08:38 PM

We have been "conditioned" (that's the best word I can think of) to want to see thin models, and think that they are more attractive. I looked into this loads for psychology, and the media has a hell of a lot of influence, but then not everyone is anorexic so it can't be THAT powerful.
But then again most men if you ask will say they prefer a healthy women with curves, rather than a stick.
I think the worst thing about it is that clothes are made only for people with straighter frames. Being skinny and curvy (naturally) I find it really hard to find clothes that fit. My mums 'big' and curvy and she finds that big sizes aren't made for curves either. Fashion should cater for everybody, everyone is gorgeous in someway so everyone deserves to feel gorgeous.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 09:55 PM

I think it definitely effects us! i have so many friends who think they're ugly or fat when in reality they are beautiful!
Even though i "know" that my body is fine and healthy, i constantly feel embarrassed and worried about it :/

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 21st 2009, 09:58 PM

Tbh, I consider my body to be my temple ...which might explain why thiers a line to get in on friday nights ... haha ..nah I'm joking
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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - April 25th 2009, 04:18 AM

As previously mentioned in other posts, all these people care about is money. Its as if money is their oxygen.

These magazine editors don't care about the welfare, sake, and hope of our humanity, because all that matters to them is money.

My close friend is bulimic, and I'm scared for him. My other friend complains everyday that shes fat and I notice her eating less and less.

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Re: The Impact on teenagers. - May 1st 2009, 01:08 AM

im a guy and even i hate looking in a magazine or in the paper and all that there is is stick thin woman.
this just makes girls/women worry about their weight and feel like they should look like that because men like that.
thats why i like programmes by gok wan because he loves big woman and tries his best to promote bigger girls/woman and help them be happy and feel healthy with their weight.
the average size in the UK is a 16 so this shows that it doesnt matter how you look as long as your happy with your size and shape thats all that matters. the other thing is woman within the magazines and papers are made to look that way they dont even look like that in real life.
i work in a New Look fashion shop and i like the fact that we promote every size because we are accomidation for everyone and not just one particular size or look.

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