Lets go back in time. A time before you and I even walked this earth. Before magazines, models, movies, or even televisions. There was no influence on anyone, you just did your own thing. Years and years later, Media and Literature became a factor on the human race, especially women. Women trying to look like those models in magazines, or more positively, and more currently, getting out of the stereotype of women having to be a housewife and stay in kitchen. Over the years, Literature and Media have had an immense influence on women.
“The studies presume that the media promotes a body shape standard for women that is unrealistically thin. Furthermore as the body shape for women in the media has progressively become thinner, the correlation between thin body shape and perception of attractiveness has increased.” (Wiseman) The definition of pretty has changed drastically because of the Media. The Media showing off model's bodies' that are dreadfully skinny, and in my personal opinion, 85% of women have put the idea to their minds that they have to look like that.
When the unnatural thinness became attractive in the media, girls then did unnatural things to become thin. (Pipher) Over the years weight standard for models decreased, and more girls did unnatural things to look like the models. Women also tend to feel self conscious about their body because they don't have those abs, or flat stomach, so they won't wear a bikini. In more serious cases, this may be led to eating disorders. In the case of eating disorders, women may go to the extremes to make themselves throw up, or starve themselves; known as bulimia and anorexia. (That website 3)
On the positive side, the media is always portraying a few things: how the majority of our nation, and weight loss commercials. (that website 3)Portraying the overweight people, help women to see that they are not really overweight and are the perfect size, so they continue to make the foods they like.