Health is Threatened by Body Image Concerns

748 Words3 Pages
“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. They need confident more than they need medicines, therefore let me and you help them gain that confident. Girls and women that are looking to have a Barbie or model body and they are risking their health, lives, and sometimes social life. Girls or women who starve themselves because they want to look like a model they saw in the magazine may end up dead or with serious health problem because they are going through eating disorder and specifically Anorexia Nervosa. Records of eating disorders caused by body image concerns are increasing every year, which can mean that one day the world will be full of people dying and having real struggles because of their body image. “Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, life threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.” (Burke) If this problem is not solved it will keep on expanding and then girls and women will not have enough energy to do basic daily activities and eventually they will die because their bod... ... middle of paper ... ... not let a teenage girl risk her life because of a worthless struggle caused by a “myth”. You and I are now responsible to take the blur away from peoples’ eyes and make the idea of beauty clear. Maybe you will change the fate of the world without realizing but one day you will be so proud of yourself and what you’ve done. Works Cited Burke, Wendy. "Eating Disorders." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. Burke, Wendy. "Issues / Eating Disorders: Overview." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Feb.. 2014. Childress, Cynthia. "psychological explanations of eating disorders." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. Sherrow, Victoria. "Issues / Body Image: Overview." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Feb. 2014.

More about Health is Threatened by Body Image Concerns

Open Document