The issue of teens trying to attain this image of perfection with their body pertains to many aspects that we have covered in class; such as physical health and spiritual health. Teens are constantly pressured by media to change their bodies. One of the strongest messages that teens receive from magazines, television, movies, or social media is that they need to be thin to be happy, healthy, and beautiful. Unfortunately, teens turn to diets for all the wrong reasons, therefore they typically do no give the desired results. In fact, teens who do experiment with dieting to change their body actually feel "more fat," have lower self-esteem, and feel less connected in terms of social life. Teens are still growing so they actually need more nutrients to be healthy. Eliminating meals or certain food groups can be dangerous to the teenage body. If you think you worry too much about your weight or if having a negative body image is interfering with your happiness, try to tell an adult you trust, like a parent, teacher or doctor.
- Do/did you ever feel pressure to have a certain body image as a teen?
- Do you feel that the media interferes with the true definition of "healthy"?
- Are there any other forms of dieting you think could be healthier for teenagers to try?