I really liked all of the presentations in class on Tuesday. It was interesting to see how different every group’s topic was. The last presentation about body image especially sparked my interest. I know this has been a hot topic circulating the internet, with that picture comparing the beach body sizes from now and decades ago. That statistic mentioned about how many young girls have tried dieting was new and alarming. To me, it just reinforces how much kids really do pick up from their parents. I’m sure those girls that have dieted and are worried about what they look like at such a young age heard their mom or some older woman they look up to talking about their newest diet or trying to lose weight for the beach season. It makes me think about my little sister. She’s eight and starting to become aware of what she looks like and refuses to eat anything but salad. I’ve seen her break down into tears after trying on clothes before. I think it’s so sad that we put so much weight on body image these days, and knowing that it’s probably only going to get worse is such a scary thought. It’s great that there are so many campaigns about loving yourself and being happy with who you are, but I think they get overshadowed by all of the celebrities looking the way they do, as well as the cover of magazines either featuring airbrushed versions of perfection or unflattering pictures of normal people. The media plays such a large role in what young teens view as acceptable, and I wish they would realize how detrimental discouraging the realistic body shape can be. People always say that actions speak louder than words. I think that the media pointing out that curves are natural and the skeleton look is out, as well as more celebrities speaking out about looking healthy, would have a heavier influence on young minds than all the ad campaigns out now.