The beauty standards in the world have a negative impact on both men and women. For women, these standards can be incredibly damaging, leading to low self-esteem and body image issues. The pressure to be muscular and “perfect” can cause men to engage in risky behaviors to meet these unrealistic expectations. What people don’t realize is that it’s getting worse each year. So, please keep in mind that beauty standards are stupid. Join Avon to work together to change them. Learn more about it at “How to Join Avon to Become a Representative.” Today, we’ll show you the negative impacts of beauty standards in the world and how we can work together to change them.
The Impact of the Beauty Industry on Women and Young Girls
According to a National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders study, 91% of women are disappointed with their bodies and resort to dieting to get what so-called their “ideal” body shape. 80% of women dissatisfied with their bodies have engaged in disordered eating behaviors, such as binge eating and purging.
What’s even more alarming is that these numbers are only increasing. In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” bodies, it’s no wonder that so many women are struggling with their self-image.
The Pressure to Meet Certain Beauty Standards
These only lead to unnecessary pressure on both men and women to look a certain way. It is often hard for people, especially young girls and boys, to meet these standards. A lot of people will often engage in risky behaviors just to try and reach these idealized images they see all over the media.
This can lead to serious health problems down the road, both mentally and physically. For example, a study on mental health and muscle dysmorphia found that men unhappy with their bodies are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and social isolation. They’re also more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as using steroids, to try and build the “perfect” body.
The Prevalence of Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues
Speaking of the consequences of trying to meet these standards, eating disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. In fact, according to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and girls in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. This is a severe problem that needs to be addressed. What’s even more alarming is that these numbers are only increasing. In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” bodies, it’s no wonder that so many women are struggling with their self-image.
Our Never-Ending Battle With the Beauty Standards
With all being said, it’s clear that we need to work together to put them to an end. But, it seems like we’re constantly fighting a battle we can never win. Still, we need to do our best to try and change the way society views beauty. We need to show people that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We need to work together to end the unrealistic standards set by the media. For example, we can try to generate a campaign titled “Beauty Comes in All Shapes and Sizes,” hoping that it will show people that beauty is not just skin deep.
So what’s the bottom line? The bottom line is that the beauty standards set by society are unrealistic and unattainable. This is an issue that we need to start talking about more. We need to work together to change the way we see beauty. We hope that by raising awareness about these issues, we can help make a positive change in the world.