Whether it’s advertisement, social media, marketing or magazines, women are exposed to ideal body images. Weight loss is a major topic in these media outlets. My recent blog, “False Advertisement” focused on how exposure to these ideal body images negatively impacts women. The following blog discusses the opposite effect.
Following media trends such as fitpo, drives me to think that ideal body messages self-deflate women. Posting a picture on instagram of abs with the bolky, headline “no excuses” is not motivating. It doesn’t include any accurate, realistic health information for women to achieve their fitness goals
Maybe, not all media is the enemy?
Weighing Women Down found that popular women’s health and fitness magazines enhances women’s body satisfaction. It was discovered that this type of media coverage is a significant source of nutritional information for women. Contrasting fitspo, women’s health and fitness magazines provide its readers with diet plans, exercise routines and weight loss stories which leads them to believe that these ideal body images are in reach for them.
Maybe, women’s health and fitness magazines brings sunlight to the media world.