Do you look in the mirror and pick yourself apart? Do you constantly worry
about what you look like? You might be thinking, “Sure, no big deal.” But, the way
you look at yourself and how you "talk" to yourself on a daily basis can have a huge
impact on your life. One of the largest influence on teenage girls is the media.The
media pushes body image, clothes, and fast food. At the same time they push
weight lose with unrealistic results. The combination of all the above leads teenage
girls down the road to eating disorders and a confusing self-image
When you are not happy with who you are it is hard to be a good friend and a good
student. If your mind is on what you don't like about yourself and your body, then
you are ignoring the good things that make you experience life positively, leaving
you with a negative view of the world. This outlook affects how you treat other
people, how you do in classes, and how you deal with problems on a day to day
basis. Just imagine what you are missing when you are spending all of your time
thinking about how you look!
There is a common problem among teenage girls eating disorders. Eating
disorders refers to seeing your body and food in a negative way. For instance, if
you were to eat a piece of chocolate cake, then go to the mirror and tell yourself
that you ate more than you should have, you are looking at food in a negative way.
Food keeps you alive. Without the right amounts of vitamins and minerals, your
body won't work well. Yet many women, especially teenagers, see food as the
enemy. In the process of saying that food is the enemy, the media is saying that
fast food is the quick and easy way to eat. Their target audience are teenagers. In
essence, teenagers are getting a mixed message. Eating fatty food on the run, look
good, and the only way see how to do this is by unrealistic means.
Girls are taught from a young age that the key to success is beauty. The
commercial media, for example, pays no attention to girls' minds and life goals.
Instead, they show us Naomi Campbell, Nikki Taylor, and other popular models,
telling us that this is what you should go for. As the well-known Body Shop slogan
says, "There are three billion women who don't look like supermodels and only
eight who do." Yet millions of women skip meals, skip dessert, and treat food as
their enemy just to look like the impossibly thin women on the covers of today's