The Book of Samuel says, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Photo manipulation, also known as photo editing, is a big thing in the media today. Photos of your favourite celebrities are uploaded directly to the photographer’s computer, where perfection takes its place. Professional programs are used to edit a wide range of body parts. For example, tanning of skin and airbrushing pimples and blemishes. These photos are then sent to our favourite magazines all over the world for us to see, and it isn’t really them. 80% of women say that the images of women on television, movies, magazines and advertising make them feel insecure. People think that celebrities have the ideal body and ideal look. The truth is that, no-one has the ideal body, the ideal body is your own, not anybody else’s. A professional netballer once said, ‘’Be a first rate you, not a second rate somebody else’’. It is estimated that the diet industry is worth between 40 to 100 billion US dollars a year selling products that don’t help in the long run. In fact, 90 to 95% of dieters regain the lost weight. It may make feel good about the way you look but dieting is not good for you, mentally and physically. The aftermath of a diet can be very frightening. For example, leading to eating disorders like anorexia, you can feel angry at yourself thinking that you didn’t try hard enough when the diet was just a hoax, physically worn out and mentally unstable. The media feeds us lies. We make the media, and what does the media give us back? False Beauty.
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