Challenges/ Nutrition Tips/ Uncategorized

Body Image and the Media

Hey guys – Its day 9 of the August Healthy Living /Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge, and I’m learning so much about all of you! Thank you so much for participating!

Today we’re talking about body image and the media – my post will be short because I’m absolutely exhausted tonight from this solo parenting/working full-time/training thing.

Body image and the media – I have to be honest, it’s not the pictures on billboards and magazines that bother me – it’s the emphasis on everything being about weight. The words with the images drive me bonkers. Everywhere I look, products are being marketed as a means towards losing weight.

Low-fat!

Sugar-free!

Only 100 cals!

For example, these puddings that I saw at the grocery store:

20120808-230717.jpg

Are you kidding me? What about telling me how it’ll fuel my body for optimal performance instead? This kind of marketing REALLY bothers me because my oldest daughter is now able to read.

Let’s let that sink in for a moment.

Sierra can read the labels on things in our house. Which means I now have to not only pay attention to food for their content – but also for the way they’re marketed. I don’t want her to be even concerned about her weight – ever. Instead I’d love for her to spend her life aiming for her best performance in whatever sports and activities she enjoys the best.

Anyways – that’s my short rant.

Question/Sharing:
What are your thoughts on body image and the media?

PS – Don’t forget to link up your post in the comments below (I can’t wait to read all about your highs and lows).
PPSPlease be sure to visit some of the other blog posts linked up so that we can all support and get to know each other – Thanks!

Newsletter

You Might Also Like

  • Tara Burner
    August 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

    love your comment about the ‘low fat’ ‘sugar free’ blah blah aspect
    and i’ve said this before, prob say it again but the whole media/body image thing doesn’t apply to all girls in all geographic areas…if it did then my daughter wouldn’t have such a hard time with other people. She’s small (5’3″ and 96 pounds) she eats a lot, she eats whole healthy foods and she simply doesn’t gain weight..she gets picked on by others because she’s small whereas (least in South Florida) the girls her age are ‘thicker’ and all the media has zero effect on their body image and what they view bodies should be…wish people would just be themselves, not bully/pick on/make fun of others..regardless if ‘too small’ or ‘too big’ or whatever…sorry for rambling but people tend to assume if you’re small/thin that it’s a good thing and what society wants but not all of society is that way and others suffer because of it…now if we lived in another area sure it wouldnt be the case…something about South Florida USA and big girls…sigh….I’m shuttin up

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    August 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Such an important topic to discuss … and I work in the media. The scrutiny (from others AND from myself, unfortunately) can be terrible. I’d be lying if I’ve never said “the camera adds 10 pounds”. The message being portrayed is so unhealthy … and I need to remind myself that I’m healthy, and OKAY! Hell, I’m better than okay 😉

    Great post, girl!!

  • Carrie
    August 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The media kills me. And I was only thinking about print media and body image. I didn’t even think about food labels. Ugh. It drives me crazy when my kids say, “oh, it’s okay to eat that ____, it only has 100 calories”. Yea, 100 calories of absolutely no nutritional value or taste.

    Here’s my $.02 on the topic: http://familyfitnessfood.com/three-things-thursday-injury-body-image/

  • Sarah K (
    August 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I also thought about print media and body image. But my three year old has recently picked up on commercials. In the grocery store, if it has a cartoon character on it, he wants it. The mom veto has been used a lot lately!
    http://toddlerrunning.blogspot.com/2012/08/body-image-and-media.html

  • SheisonaRUN
    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I thankful for the Olympics! http://wp.me/p1USGg-fk

  • Yoli
    August 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Food marketing is pretty bad currently. That has to change so more positives are emphasized like nutrition, not that it’s “low fat” or “zero fat” (which it probably isn’t anyway). Here’s my post: http://toughandtiny.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/body-image-and-the-media/

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Right on for the article. I hate seeing the healthy conscious plastered on almost everything nowadays. Because even then, is it REALLY the healthiest choice. UGhhh….overwhelming! http://supermamafitness.blogspot.com/2012/08/day-9-body-image-and-media.html

  • ConcreteNCoffee
    August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    don’t think I have a time for a post of my own today but I can definitely chime in on my gripes about media, and weight loss marketing is one of my biggest peeves. everyone talks about getting rid of “belly bulge” and “cleansing the system” and people will literally swallow or drink anything that promises to do either. it bothers me to no end that people don’t understand that it’s not all about just being a pant size! it’s about being strong and kicking a$$.

  • Val
    August 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I just couldn’t get into the media aspect today as my posts have been so long this week. I went with a body image issue I had pop up this weekend. Yikes, don’t follow me if you don’t want honesty. I’m opening the book…http://busymommawellness.com/body-image-issues/

  • Forever Young
    August 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I posted about older women feeling the need to have a youthful look because media uses younger women to advertise products aimed at older women.

    http://foreveryoung3212.blogspot.com/2012/08/body-image.html

  • Amber K
    August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    It is so frustrating trying to explain to people why they can’t just take what the front of a package says at face value. And arguing with a commercial on TV? Forget about it. TV doesn’t lie as well all know…. not.

  • Axel Kussmann (
    August 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I don’t spend as much time on Pinterest as I used to, but what always used to shock me was how often female users would post unrealistic images as motivational tools. The models in these images were more ‘fit-skinny’ than anorexic, but still, their whole job and life must be working out and nutrition – it has no bearing on what the average joe/jane could or should be aspiring to.

    My point is, nowadays the media isn’t just some big machine forcing you to consume; at least not entirely. To a large extent, it’s conversations between individuals like me and you, and we need to think about the messages we willingly consume and put back out there.

    I’m not on topic today, but I do have a post for the challenge. It’s a review of the newest Garmin Forerunner: http://ironrogue.blogspot.com/2012/08/gear-corner-garmin-forerunner-910xt.html

  • Cindy
    August 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Such an important topic, and I am sure I haven’t done it complete justice.

    http://www.neophytegirl.net/2012/08/09/body-image-and-the-media/

  • Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
    August 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Since I am a little behind on my posting for the challenge, I’m sending you all to a website that does this topic more justice than I could do in one short post.

    http://lisarunsforcupcakes.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-challenge-day-9-body-image.html

  • Runninglovingliving (
    August 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I like your take on this topic. I did not think about the food marketing aspect. I focused more on magazines: http://www.runninglovingliving.com/2012/08/how-media-can-impact-body-image.html

  • Fancy Nancy
    August 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I am always reminding myself of the little eyes that are watching me…and she can’t read yet!
    http://littlefancynancy.blogspot.com/2012/08/body-image-and-media.html

  • Erin
    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    As a Health and PE teacher, this one is super important!

    http://happierhealthiermorefitme.com/2012/08/09/body-image-the-media-august-writing-challenge-9/

  • sheslosingit101
    August 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My experience with body image and the media is a little different because I used to be an actress.

    I included my clip from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the post. http://sheslosingitdotnet.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=871&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    Lisa
    http://sheslosingit.net

  • Cindy
    August 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I get very angry when I catch myself buying into advertising. Some is so convincing that friends try to sell you on the latest thing.

  • STUFF ME IN YOUR INBOX!

    Don't miss a single delicious recipe - sign up for real food recipes, challenging workouts + everything salads 4 lunch!