Body Image

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“Self image is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.” (Maxwell Maltz). One of my friend at my workplace is always saying she wants to be skinny. She says she feels fat. Losing weight is constantly on her mind. There is a lot of teenagers who think like my co-worker. Many girls develop serious issues with their body image because of the media. During puberty, a lot of girls’ self-esteem goes down. Girls need to focus on what is unique and interesting about them (“How….” 13). Maybe something unique about themselves is not physical. They many have a special talent. Some may not have the body, but have the brains. Some are good in art, but do not know yet because they are too obsessed with losing weight. At this age everyone is changing physically at a different rate. The girls seem bigger than the boys. They try to fit in, but should just be themselves. Teen girls usually go to people who should not be giving advice, because they need help themselves. “If you are feeling bad about your body, talk to somebody who can help you ”(“How…” 10). Talk to adults that have gone through puberty and know how it feels.. Adults like counselors, parents, aunts, grandmothers, and older sisters that can help you get through it. When girls tell me they are fat and need to lose weight, it’s hard for someone like me to see it. People have a distorted view of their body. During puberty, instead of trying to fit in, try to focus on what is unique and interesting about you and do not listen to what the media says. Media shows girls that the only way to be happy is to be thin. The models in magazines and TV are 23% thinner than they were several ye... ... middle of paper ... ...irlfriend. My friend’s brother is obsessed with going to the gym. He goes to the gym every single day and works out for three hours. He posts pictures on facebook everyday. He posts at least five pictures of himself without a shirt. He writes comments like, “Getting closer to my goal!” In my opinion, he already reached his goal. He is at a point where he looks ridiculous! My feelings are that he needs to get a life. Works Cited Body Image and Self-Esteem.” KidsHealth-the Web’s Most Visited Site about Children’s Health. Ed.Michelle J. New. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Mar. 2012. Web. “How the Media Affects Teens & Young Adults.” Media. N.p., n.d.Web. 22 Mar. 2014. “Mirror, Mirror A Summary of Research Findings on Body Image.” Mirror, Mirror . N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014 Ojeda, Auriana. Body Image. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven. 2003. Print.
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