"Women's bodies for a long time have been separated from women's lives... We're
used to seeing women's bodies pulled apart and hyper-airbrushed so as to look
like mechanized, robotic images of a woman's body."
Evidence of this is not hard to miss - check out website about-face.org for a more in depth analysis of media messages that affect self-esteem and body image.
The Times Daily piece also touches base with GSUSA's own Judy Schoenberg. Schoenberg relates research to the topic conducted by The Girl Scout Research Institute by saying,
"In 2006, we released a report called the 'New Normal' about what girls say
about healthy living, and we talked in terms of the childhood obesity epidemic,
how they define health and what health means to them... What we found is that
girls view health not just about physical health, but there's an emotional
component to it, too."
Make sure you check out the article - and let us know your thoughts on the matter. What connections do you make between the media and self-esteem?