Since the rise of the internet teens are coming under more and more pressure by media and their peers to dress and look a certain way, the way society expects them to look. Media Influence on Body Image from celebrities and models worldwide tell women that they must look a certain way. Especially in the “social” world that we live in. With our every move we make being broadcast on Instagram, Facebook Twitter or Snapchat teen are under severe pressure to keep up appearances.
Studies have proved that TV, movies, magazines and the internet batter teens with the perfect image of how their body should look. The biggest proble is that this image is unrealistic. There are literally not ral without the being air-brushed, being plastered with make-up loads of makeup and having a personal stylist. Nevertheless unfortunatly teens believe these images and resort to rediculous measures to shape themselves into that particular mould.
Here Are The Facts
- A shocking 3 in 4 women stated that they were overweight whereas in fact only 1 in 4 were – Rader Programs
- A shocking 40% of 9 – 10 year old girls have already been on a diet – Duke University
- This is shocking – 70% of 6 – 12 year-olds want to be skinnier – National Eating Disorder
- 69% of girls in 5th to 12th grade said that magazine picture influence their perception of the perfect body shape – National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- 90 5 of people with eating disorders are aged between 12 and 25 – Family First Aid
- Studies indicate that 50% of those who have anorexia nervosa later develop bulimia nervosa – National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Over half of teenage girls and a third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives – National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
What To do
Organizations such as Bodywhys and JustSayYes.org provide information and assistance to help young teens fight back against these problems. They run self image programs of which help young people with eating disordersand help them accept their own body image for all its beauty.