Body image is the perception that someone has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception. Body image has been so distorted by society; basically it’s the fault of social media. Social media is something we are all aware of; it’s everywhere. Everywhere we look, there’s a computer, a phone, a magazine, a newspaper. And everywhere we look there is a face, a body on that page or screen. Social media portrays how a person with a ‘perfect body’ should look. Do you realise that the photos on the on the Internet of these people have all been photo shopped? And even though some people do know this, they ignore it.
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They know that the photo has been photo shopped, but because they haven’t seen the image before it was airbrushed and tampered with, the photo still presents a perfect person. Social media has changed the way we view ourselves up to the point where none of us are happy with our appearances. Everywhere we look there is something telling us that we have the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong makeup, and the wrong nose. Advertisements ask me ‘do you want flawless skin?’
Excuse me; is there something wrong with my skin? Well, obviously, yes, but can you see my skin from inside the computer screen? I don’t think so. Society has completely destroyed our self-confidence.
Low self-confidence can lead to eating disorders, like bulimia or anorexia as we try to change the shape of our bodies to resemble models. It can also lead to people using drugs to make themselves thinner. While the person is becoming thinner, they are also killing themselves slowly and painfully, from either disease or addiction. The best way to lose weight is to eat healthy and exercise. YOU need to accept what you look like, your flaws, your imperfections and limitations. You don’t need to bow down to society’s expectations.
This speech is for you, to make you realise that you don’t need faceless people on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to give you compliments and make you feel good about your body. Ignore social media.