Influence Of Society On A Teenager

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Every generation has a set of values that they believe make a person beautiful. In the 1980’s it was considered beautiful to be a curvy woman. A woman with a large chest and full hips was the ideal women, such as Selena Quintanilla. The difference between then and now is, women could escape this if needed. Today it is impossible to ignore the stick thin, supermodels, such as Kendall Jenner. They are on TV, Clothing stores, and magazines. The influence of society on a teenager is so much that man expects a woman to be a stick thin model or they are considered “plump”. The average fashion model weighs 108 to 130 lbs in proportional to height. The average woman weighs 142 to 166.2lbs. One study showed that 44% of middle school girls who frequently read articles about dieting were twice as likely to try fasting and dieting and were three time more likely to try self-introduced vomiting than girls who didn’t read this article (Recovery and Support Network, 2008). This proves that society does have a big influence on women and man. The role of society pressures for thinness, causing individuals to suffer from anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are two common eating disorders. They both result in a poor caloric intake. In anorexia, the poor calorie intake is due to inadequate eating. In bulimia, the person vomits soon after a meal without digestion and absorption. They are many similarities as well as the difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
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