controlled and dominated. Or that they are not beautiful unless they resemble
who they are. They are becoming more independent and are establishing
friendships. Venturing into the teenage years can be a very emotional,
though females tend to be bombarded with ?perfection imagery? more so than
minor problems, others however, may have a more difficult time handling the
is gained during this time is permanent, will panic, and desperately try to take
the weight off. Our culture portrays this excess weight as unattractive and in
some cases, disgusting, leading to low self-esteem. They are not aware that once
off and will maintain their body?s natural set point. Once they start losing
weight, they feel better, as if they are conforming to society?s set pattern.
desperately try to conform to society’s unattainable "ideal" body
image. They are lead to believe that if they are thin, they will be accepted.
of emaciated models appearing in those magazines only reinforces their belief
Television shows like Beverly Hills 90210 also leads them to believe that they
try and look like the actresses on these shows. Many teenagers need a role model
and someone to look up to. Unfortunately, too many of them choose fashion models
rooms, and some will resort to dangerous methods of weight control to try and
look like their idols. Can we honestly keep telling ourselves that these young
women are not products of their environments? Our modern culture minimally
are faced with the paradox that beauty is portrayed and perverted by modern
media. We need to teach our teenagers that the images they face everyday,
with themselves and love who they are, they will be less likely to try and
accept their bodies just the way they are.