Site Loader

This paper covers the pressure teenagers face to be society’s idea of perfection. We are surrounded by media such as internet, magazines, and television that praise people for their bodies and others feel as though they need to meet those standards or keep up that trend. As teenagers, we are very sensitive to this and it can have a major impact on how we view ourselves. We work harder to be accepted by society when we should be more focused on how to accept ourselves for who we are. In class, we were assigned to go around the room, state our names, and give one thing we like about ourselves. Some people said their hair, another person said their eyes, but most of them said nothing at all. I then realized that: One, we are more focused on physical features rather than more valuable virtues such as intelligence, kindness, and bravery. Two, the students who said that they like nothing about themselves are the teenagers that are affected the most by the pressure to be good enough from expectations set by their parents, friends, and social media. Growing up, we learn about what’s considered important to us from the people that we’re closest to. We listen to other people everywhere comment negative things about themselves, which makes us compare ourselves to others and focus in on what’s different or what we may not have. The “I wish I had this” or “I hate this” shows that not only may others point out our flaws, but that we are our own worst critics. In the body image survey, 4/5 participants say that they are unhappy with their body. The ones that admitted this said that they needed to exercise more to improve how they look. None of the them diet frequently despite their opinion of themselves. All of them, even Friend 5 who said they are happy with themselves, says that they would proceed with plastic surgery if the opportunity came. This shows that even if we’re okay with our appearance, we still aim for the idea of perfection.In a more bigger picture, body control behaviors have been getting more and more out of hand. 38% of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements and nearly 6% admitted to experimenting with steroids. Among high school students, 44% of girls and 15% of guys are attempting to lose weight. Both girls and boys often let their body hold them back. Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. Ashley Graham, an American model who has spoken greatly about body image and body acceptance, inspires us saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22, you can be healthy as long as you’re taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself ‘I love you’ instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards.” Positive body image includes the understanding that healthy bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. Nothing about physical appearance gives us our character or value as a person.

Post Author: admin


I'm Erica!

Would you like to get a custom essay? How about receiving a customized one?

Check it out