Teen Self Image

teen self image

Issues with teen self image also known as body image, which is the way they internally picture themselves, can be a major ordeal particularly during adolescence. Teens and tweens are bombarded by the media leaving them with an unrealistic view of the perfect body. Sometimes this causes them to under appreciate their own abilities and interests.

During adolescence their bodies are going through hormonal changes which they have no control over. As they become so preoccupied with their teen self image they, in some cases, develop an eating disorder and have little regard for their developmental health.

Teens have a picture in their minds of what the perfect body is and they try to measure up to that image. If they are are happy with their body shape they generally have a positive teen self image. On the other hand, if they don't measure up - their teen self image becomes more of a psychological issue.

The way teens see themselves and the way they believe that others see them is an emotional reaction. In other words, they change their ideas of their own bodies according to their emotional well being and that of others around them.

Adolescent girls are more susceptible to having poor body image and developing an eating disorder. They tend to be more focused on appearance giving the impression of self worth. When in reality their teen self image is low and this leads to poor self esteem and the potential for psychological or eating disorders.

Body image is a modern day issue that has slowly developed over the years. There was a time when being thin was a sign of being poverty stricken and of poor health. Clothing has changed the way teens look at themselves. As the newest fashion comes out they want to look good in the newest styles.

Along with the change in fashion is our teens lifestyles. Adolescent girls are dating at younger ages than before leading to problems with their teen self image. Magazines, television, and Hollywood have fueled the desire to be more body conscious.

Hollywood's Role

Our Hollywood friends work hard to look and feel their very best in order to entertain us. Their motivation is driven by the box office and their careers. The image that is sent to our teens is unrealistic and unattainable in most cases. This is no fault of the entertainment world it is merely the subliminal message that is sent to our children.

The majority of the entertainment world has personal trainers, gyms in their homes, and nutritionists. Our young adults are oblivious to this and, in most cases, perceive them to be setting the standards of how we should look.

If we could only get this message across to our children and educate them on the dangers of poor teen body image. They need to know of the importance of proper nutrition for their bodies growth.

Statistically most children who have experienced an eating disorder developed it in their pre-teen years and 8 out of 10 girls have reported being on a diet by the age of 16. Our children are reaching puberty at an earlier age lately. They are less equipped at understanding their changing bodies and the need for proper nutrition.

Our children's inability to look like their Hollywood hero causes them to feel inadequate and adds stress to their already stressful lives. They start feeling unhappy as they fail to reach the unattainable appearance which plays a toll on their self esteem. So they turn to dieting and in some cases ultimately an eating disorder.

We can't blame Hollywood for childhood eating disorders. They are just doing their job. Its the perception that the big screen sets the standard of appearance for our children that needs to change.

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