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What is Beauty: Hollywood vs. Individuality

Updated on November 16, 2013

Hollywood's Image

Many cultures have different views on what it the norm, and these views range anywhere from social expectations, to views on body image.

In America people are very conscious of their body and what they believe the body should look like. Women believe that, in order to be beautiful, they have to be skinny and be enhanced. Men believe that, in order to be seen as attractive, they have to have six packs and be able to lift a lot of weight, and this is where many Americans run into problems.

People get so caught up in what Hollywood portrays as beautiful, that they often mistreat their bodies and this has lead to many health problems. People need to remember that everyone is built different and these different body types require different diets and exercise to remain health.

American’s these days are so caught up in the Hollywood image, that they disregard their health for the change to be, what they believe, is the most attractive body appearance.

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The Effect on Women

Women have always been concerned with how they look; it is practically embedded in their DNA. But it is when these obsessions for perfection threaten their health, that they really need to relook a few things.

In today’s America’s society, the perfect female body is often thought of as someone who is slim, wears tight cloths, has a big chest, and can strut around all day in a pair of high heels. Though there is not anything wrong with this ideal person, it is the length that some people go to achieve them that is harmful. Slim, too many people, is being able to fit into a size 8 or smaller jean size. Many women can fit into these sizes, but for many others, it is impossible due to their build. Many women can easily be slim and fit into size 12 or 14 jeans. But many women are disillusioned into thinking that they are fat because they cannot get into single digits.

Some women resort to starving themselves to a point of emaciation just to get into a smaller size, such behaviors include; Anorexia, Bipolar disorder, and Binge eating. As well as being skinny, many women believe they cannot be attractive unless they have a big chest. Many women resort to plastic surgeons to fix a problem that they do not have. Women need to realize that there is no definition of beauty, and that Hollywood is just a bunch of plastic, makeup artists, and brush ups. Beauty is what come from the inside, not what television tells people.

  • Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.

  • Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

  • 50% of teenage girls and 33% of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives.

  • An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.

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The Effect on Men

Men are just as obsessed with their body image as women are. In movie the male hero is usually portrayed as a beefed up man with a six pack. While women are concerned with staying slim, men want to gain weight.

Men want to do anything they can in order to put on muscle. Men seem to always believe that the skinny guy will never get the girls. For some men it can be relatively easy to have and maintain a six pack. But others either have a hard time gaining muscle, or they are dissatisfied by the size of the muscles that they have.

Many times men will resort to going on crazy week or month long training sessions where they constantly work out and eat little else but protein and protein shakes. This is very unhealthy for long periods of time. It is one thing to increase the amount of protein intake for the sake of muscle development, but a whole different one if someone resorts to eating a straight diet of protein without the other everyday nutrients that the body needs.

Steroids are another method that can be used to gain muscle, but they often have bad side effects. Steroids often cause anger issues, due to the increase in testosterone levels, increased body hair, blood clots, increased cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and acne. Men also resort to Anorexia, Bipolar disorder, and Binge eating to lose weight. Men are just as disillusioned by social expectations, as women are.

  • Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that an eating disorder is a "woman's disease."
  • By the age of 5, children describe thin friends as being more desirable than overweight friends.
  • By the age of 6, girls have internalized the slender ideal and 40% have expressed a desire to be thinner.
  • By the age of 9, girls desire has translated into action, and nearly 50% have already embarked on their first restrictive diet.
  • By age 13, 80% of the adolescsent girls are dieting to fight the natural changes in their maturing bodies.
  • By age 17, 4 out of 5 healthy-weight young women think they are too fat.
  • By age 20, 95% of young women express strong desire to lose weight.
  • 35% of "normal dieters" progress to pathological dieting

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Hollywood's View on People

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We are all Beautiful

Hollywood presents us with what it has considered the perfect examples of human beauty. Women must be skinny, and men beefed up. Hollywood does not care about the impact that it has on teens and adults. To them, looking like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie are the only ways to be considered hot or sexy. This is having a very poor effect on society. No matter what shape someone is, they can be beautiful. It is time people realized this. Starvation is not the answer, nor should Hollywood keep enforcing this understanding of the norm of what is attractive.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Well done hub. There are many standards of beauty from slim to voluptuous. All are equal and good. There is no one beautiful standard that is better or superior to others. Again, great hub, voted up!

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      Anna Marie 3 years ago from New Mexico

      gmwilliams

      Thanks! I am glad that you liked it.

      -annajazz

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great hub. Should be a must-read for every adolescent. Love the pix "It's as hard to be Ken as Barbie." People forget the most famous sex symbol ever, Marilyn Monroe, was a size 12.

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