Therefore they strive to improve their figure to meet societies standards. However, the standards that society has set (for example, supermodel Kate Moss) are out of reach for most women. Often times, teenage girls compare their body size to those of popular actresses and supermodels such as Jennifer Aniston and Elizabeth Hurley. With examples such as these, is society sending out the wrong message? Vast amounts of people consider these women too thin.
Skinny or Smart Would you rather be skinny or smart? This question hits young girls across America. Today many of our young Americans are losing weight to essentially be more “beautiful.” I use the word “beautiful” carefully because beautiful is not what is on the outside, but the inside is where it counts. Yes, some girls are naturally pretty and smart, but what some people don’t realize is that some of those girls are not eating and not exercising to get the body that they would like. This paper will focus on the young girls that are coming unhealthy to supposedly get the body they would like to have.
When one thinks of media, one tends to relate media to television, news, magazines, newspaper articles, and so on. Many people do not think of media is something that portrays negative effects on young women. However, young women are more susceptible to lower self-esteem resulting in eating disorders or depression more today than ever before. The media projects negative and undermining images of women and one does not have to look very hard to realize this. The media projects images of unrealistic women who only look the way they do because of plastic surgery or airbrushing techniques.
However, it is linked to many other factors. From the physical view, some women and girls are unable to understand physical changes in their bodies at different stages of their life, such as puberty and pregnancy. For example, during adolescence kids experience storm of changes like gaining extra fat, suffering from skin problems like acne, and developing of the breast and pubic hair. During this stage, girl teenagers become more obsessed with their looks and they start suffering from body dissatisfaction which lead to excessive usage of cosmetics and developing unhealthy habits like severe diets and sometimes it leads to suicide. Moreover, some girls suffer from low self-confidence.
Anorexia and bulimia are one of the main causes along with the media as to why adolescent girls are always slightly underweight and devastating skinny. If the media didn’t interfere with adolescent perceptions, maybe one half of fourth grade girls wouldn’t be on a diet. Intense fear of becoming fat and distorted body images aren’t the kinds of thing we want our adolescents girls to become. To think about their appearance and weight 24/7 isn’t right. The media should stop publicizing young female bodies and telling them what beauty is perceived to them.
All over the world there are teen girls suffering from anorexia. Anorexia is a common problem with young teen girls. Anorexia is like a disease that takes time to recover from. It causes many problems for teens physically and emotionally. "Teens become anorexic because they want to stay young and thin [ Jones, Derek p.34]."
“Today the average model wears a size 2, and in contrast the average woman now wears a size 12.” (Childress). So do you think it is fair to let some teenage girls and sometimes adult women starve themselves to death just to get to their desired model body? Women and teenage girls often regard their bodies as a problem because of the society’s view to females that they have to be “pretty” in order to be worthy. “Studies of teenage girls in the United States have found that they are growing increasingly insecure and negative in their feelings about their appearance, an increase that correlates with low self-esteem.” (Sherrow). Women and teenage girls are risking their health and even their lives because they aren’t satisfied with the way their body looks.
According to a survey by Elias, 70% of surveyed teen girls said that fashion magazines make them feel overweight and in need of a diet. Societies idealization of beauty can be very daunting to women. The pressure to achieve physical perfection is unhealthy both mentally and physically. It can even lead to the extremes of suicide, like in the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy. Exercising daily and constantly being active isn’t a bad thing by any means.
Young women are striving for an outcome that can be unobtainable based on body structure, and are left insecure when their goal is not reached. Eating disorders such as, “anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are the result and the top three eating disorders among the teen community today” (.) The idea of perfectionism takes over their mind to knit pick themselves until girls, unfortunately, fall for things like anxiety disorders, depression, and turn to substances that hurt the body, not help it. In a People Magazine survey, it showed that “80% of female respondents feel that women in movies and television programs made them feel insecure about their bodies” (.) The “look” they are creating is not only unhealthy, but it is spreading an unhealthy image to girls just maturing and is damaging their ego in the developing years of t... ... middle of paper ...
When girls fail to do so, they can become depressed and have a lower self-esteem. However, most of the bodies of models and celebrities are difficult for the average person to attain. In fact, it is so hard that many celebrities have their bodies photoshopped to become slimmer and appear more beautiful. A research team from the Temple University conducted a study where they created a website called My Pop Studio. On the interactive website, teenage girls were asked to give themselves a makeover using makeup, different hairstyles, and physical attributes.