A Study By The National Association Of Social Workers

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A study by the National Association of Social Workers (2001) reported that

among teenage girls, there is an increased value placed upon peer approval and

acceptance. The rapid emotional and physical changes during adolescence and the social

setting of teenage life increase the influence of external influences and social messages

brought in via media, the social network and one 's own culture. Body image becomes

important - this influences the concept of self, the notion of identity. When magazines,

newspapers, TV and much of the media that reach them expound on the importance of

beauty - where beauty is equated to being slim and thin - and being beautiful is rewarded

by admiration, love and attention wherein the beautiful girl is desired and popular - for

teenage girls, to be slim and thin is to be beautiful and desirable, the ultimate ideal. The

specific image of this type of beauty is driven by celebrities - movie stars, teen stars, soap

stars and models - and with instant access to the mediums these celebrities appear on,

with marketing companies using them to sell various products targeting teens, the

specific image of a slim and thin girl as beautiful is almost inescapable. In this particular

paper, I am going to explore eating disorders among teen girls, their context and how

they develop, the risk factors common among the many types of eating disorders, explore

eating disorders using the lens of Erikson 's psychosocial theory and…
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