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Do magazines and the media cause low self-esteem and eating disorders in teenage girls?

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Do magazines and the media cause low self-esteem and eating disorders in teenage girls? Have you ever woken up in the morning looked it the mirror and thought yuck? We all have. Most of us at one point in are lives hate the way we look and try to change it. Thousands of teenage girls are starving themselves this very minute, trying to attain what the fashion industry considers to be the 'ideal' figure. The average model weighs less than an average woman does. Teenagers need to realize that society's ideal body image is not achievable. Many girls aged thirteen and upwards start to feel conscious about their looks and how other people judge them. With magazines and the media constantly promoting thin people who have no spots and perfect makeup, this is undoubtedly a factor in causing eating disorders. The photos we see in magazines are not real either. ...read more.


It is unfortunate, but in today's society, people have forgotten that it is what's inside a person that counts, not what's on the outside. We need to start loving and accepting each other for who we are, and not what we look like. Magazines should be teaching teenagers of today to be proud of whom they are. Parents also need to teach their children the value of healthy living and not send the message that being thin is important. Family and friends need to support people with weight problems and not make them feel guilty about how they look. Eating disorders are simple illnesses largely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder - the are on the rise in Europe and worldwide. No one knows exactly what causes eating disorders. More than 90% of those with eating disorders are women. Further, the number of English women affected by these illnesses has doubled to at least five million in the past three decades. ...read more.


It's normally magazines and the media themselves who deny that they have anything to do with eating disorders when, in fact, most people when asked would say that the media and magazines are a prime factor to the low self-esteem in teenagers today. You always hear "I wish I looked like j-lo" or the latest celebrity on the front page of a magazine or newspaper. From all my research, from mine and other people's views and opinions, I've come to the conclusion that media and magazines have a massive impact on not only teenage lives and feelings, but adults as well. The awareness of males with eating disorders needs to be heightened too. Magazines should be aware of the influence they have on people of all ages, and should try to change the image they put across page after page, week after week. In a perfect world, there would be people of all different sizes in magazines and on TV. In reality, things aren't going to change because somebody bigger than a size 10 doesn't sell products. ...read more.

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