Teenagers are believed to be among the heaviest users of many forms of mass media, particularly magazines and television. Research has revealed that women do feel more guilty, anxious, and depressed after viewing thin models in the media.
Research studies that reviewed several magazines marketed for teenagers found that the magazine content supports the idea that female happiness and success are tied to physical appearance. In addition, the content emphasizes ultra thinness being the preferred state of health and beauty as well as the most important form of self- improvement.
The prevalence of diet and exercise articles in women’s magazines has grown exponentially, and the physical appearance of the average fashion model is achievable by only 3% to 5% of the population