Negative Body Image

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Do you have a positive body image ?
Body image is how you think, feel, and accept the body you were given. But what is “positive” body image? Positive body image is being comfortable with yourself and the body you are in. Having positive body image is not being worried about not eating so many calories, losing weight, or what others’ thoughts about your appearance. Being proud and acceptable of your natural body, that’s positive body image. No one is perfect. The beginning of puberty is an important time in teens’ lives. Teens start to become more aware of their surroundings and start to notice new things happening with their body. During the beginning of puberty, girls experience a little extra fat around their hips, breasts, and
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They begin to feel fat and are often bullied more than boys. They become more self-conscious about themselves. They worry about what others will think of them. Kids in middle school are picked on about their bodies more than other children because these are the years their bodies are going through a change. Some children don’t experience all the same changes while going through puberty like other kids and tend to pick on the ones that are different. Bullying occurs more on social media than anywhere else. During these years, teens just want to fit in and feel accepted by everyone and try to change their bodies to fit in. Teens usually develop a negative body image during these years.
Social media is and has become a big factor in people’s everyday life, especially teens. Social media is a big influence. About 92% of teens visit some type of social media site daily. A study done by Common Sense Media’s Body Image, Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image, found that “teens that are active online worry a lot about how they are perceived”. Celebrities with “perfect” hair and glamorous
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This is dangerous. 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991). There are online sites that encourage people to participate in unhealthy dieting habits. These websites increase people’s desire to be smaller. Every female wants big breast, a flat stomach, slim waist with nice sized hips, while guys want 6-packs and huge biceps. Where’s the diversity? Celebrities, who teens look up too, promote “beauty products”. Teeth whiteners, waist trainers, diet pill “beautiful”. About 1.3 million adolescent girls in the United States have anorexia (Rosen & the Committee on Adolescence,