In this day and age, the media is our primary source for information. It seems that we live and breath for the scandals played out on favourite television shows; we save the money we make working long hours just to buy the latest iPhone or MacBook and we spend the majority of our lives surfing the internet, ‘googling’ pointless things and browsing the news-feeds of our Facebook and twitter pages. These things are accessible to us, now more than ever. We can interact with a global community, exercise our views creatively over the web and be up-to-date with the latest of news and global affairs. However, the positive effects of the Media are somewhat overshadowed by the constant scrutiny it is under, and all the negatives that it is said to have inferred upon society.
In this blog post I aim to shed some light upon obesity and body-image issues in relation to the media. How are we personally affected by television shows, advertisements or magazine articles?
In her article, ‘Reining in advertisers to curb Australia’s body image distortion’, Nives Zubcevic-Basic states that ‘In a community sample of Australian adults, 47% and 24% of healthy weight women and men respectively believed themselves to be overweight’. This highlights the effects of the media on personal wealth and well-being. Woman, as well as men, are affected by the pressure to look good within society. Magazines falsify images of men and women. These images are edited and distorted to sell products and influence the public. People are vulnerable to the effects of media and the unfair expectations of society can have lasting effects on young people.
There is a growing concern that the population is becoming more and more inactive with the introduction of new media outlets. We have gaming consoles, laptops and computers and television screens to prevent us from going outside or spending time with friends.The question of ‘does the media make you fat?’ is prominent. However, should we blame the media for the increase in obesity within society, or should we blame this on the consumers of the media? In a scene from Disney/Pixar’s, Wall-E, the concerns for our future are made evident. This scene is a subtle warning, suggesting the dangers of spending too much time invested in technology.
Are the Media causing our obesity as well as inflicting us with internal demons?
I’ll leave it up to you to decide.