Abstract. Beauty pageants are annual events that take place all over the world, gathering women from different background around a prize to win. But these competitions have been seen to be degrading to women as they promote the objectification of women, enlarging the already existing gap and discrimination.
What problems do beauty pageants cause?
Struggles with perfection, dieting, eating disorders, and body image can take their toll in adulthood.” Child beauty pageants may lead to negative outcomes that are already problems in this world today: body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, depression and other mental health issues.
What are the negative statistics on beauty pageants?
Similarly, Wonderlich and Henderson (2005) found that participation in beauty pageants as a child increased the chances of eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, difficulty trusting interpersonal relationships, impulsive behaviors, and increased feelings of ineffectiveness as an adult when compared to adults who did
What is the controversy with child beauty pageants?
The hyper attention and judgement towards children's physical appearance in child beauty pageants increases their risk of developing various forms of eating disorders. Some of these eating disorders that have long lasting physiological and psychological impacts include Anorexia and Bulimia.
Are beauty pageants unhealthy?
Beauty pageants are commonly seen as a showcase of vanity and shallowness, and a stressor for the participants. According to the research from West Virginia University, they also present a highly competitive atmosphere that could trigger comparisons, body disconformity, anxiety and other mental disorders.
What are the negative effects of beauty pageants?
Negative Effects of Beauty Pageants: The pressure to meet beauty standards, comparisons with other contestants, and the intense scrutiny can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and a negative body image.