Generation of Body Shaming

It is common these days to find many girls obsessing over celebrities and all the gossip found on magazines and social media sites. Many college-aged women follow accounts on various social media platforms like E! Entertainment, People and InTouch magazine. There is a constant wonder of what’s going on in celebrities’ lives. Something about them intrigues us.

On their social media sites alone each magazine has hundreds of thousands of followers. Touch Weekly’s Facebook page has 2,281,626 followers, which means 2 million people are viewing all their posts about women. E! Online’s Facebook page has 8,980,823 followers.

Often times there are magazine covers talking about weight loss and the much dreaded weight gain. In stardom, all the admired celebrities are constantly scrutinized for not looking “perfect” according to society’s standards.

There are countless times that women who are at a healthy weight are being criticized because they are in the limelight. The criticism many females see of celebrities all over their newsfeed and shelves of magazines in stores certainly doesn’t make them feel any better about themselves. The continual influence of these celebrities and models on body images contributes to body shaming in women of all ages.

Many women tend to worry about what they are eating, how many calories or carbs they are consuming, and how often they are working out. Viewing celebrities on the racks of magazines with headlines talking about how much weight they’ve gained makes viewers feel more uncomfortable in their own skin

Some major female icons that are repeatedly in the papers for weight gain are Kim Kardashian, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson. These accusations of weight gain for these women had caused them to  go on extreme diets proving to fans and paparazzi that they weren’t “fat.”

Another issue a lot of women have is when it comes to sports. When looking at inspirational athletes like Serena Williams it is often said that she looks too muscular or manly.

The standards society sets for women are truly unattainable. Shaming them and calling out their every flaw is just a way to make others feel bad about themselves.

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