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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Body dysmorphia: Playing a role

Cyrus in 2009   (Public Domain)
Playing a role might play a huge role in the development of body dysmorphia.

According to Inquisitr, Miley Cyrus recently admitted to “body issues” while portraying Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel.

That role entailed the wearing of a wig, “a ton of makeup,” and “some glittery tight thing.”  Even that wasn’t enough of a sham.  The filmed results were then digitally enhanced.

Under these circumstances, Cyrus began to feel a loathing for her natural body.  While viewing retouched, “perfect”
images of Hannah Montana, she would agonize, “Why don’t I look like that?”

The majority of young teens aren’t Disney stars, but they are nevertheless often playing one role or another (hipster, girlfriend, etc.).  These teens also see airbrushed photos of glamorous models and wish to be plastic-perfect.

The more fortunate young ladies will eventually learn that the human body, whatever its size or shape, is a miraculous gift to be cherished.  However, this lesson is difficult to learn while being bombarded with commercial messages that claim otherwise.


Copyright August 20, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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