False beauty in advertising and the pressure to look ‘good’ – CNN.com

Viewing pictures of these “perfect” bodies leads to severe pressures in adults and, increasingly, children. One study reported on girls aged 5 to 7 who, when exposed to images of thin dolls like Barbie, said they wanted to look thinner compared with those who saw dolls with a healthier body shape. From children’s toys to TV programs, images of the idealized body have permeated every level of our visual culture.

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