It is really sad to me how much the media plays into peoples emotions about themselves. Girls are becoming anorexic and bulimic at younger ages each year. Boys try to find supplements to make them stronger and bigger at younger ages. People say that it isn’t true, and it may not be for them personally, but a lot of people, including children, are depressed because of their body image and how they view themselves physically.
Society is constantly changing images of what the perfect man and woman should look like. 50 years ago Marilyn Monroe was the ideal woman with her voluptuous body and sexy curves. Now the ideal woman is that of resemblance to a pencil, skinny with minimal curves. The media plays a very important role in all of this because they are the ones telling people what they should look like. Magazines, television shows and movies all cast strong, buff men and skinny, model type women when in reality very few people actually are that thin or muscular.
To be honest, I’m not really sure what all public relations personnel should do about how the media makes people feel. I guess letting people know that not all of the images are true to form, meaning some have been edited in some way, and that you should be happy as you.