The Problem Of Teenage Girls

1343 WordsOct 25, 20166 Pages
They Are All Beautiful Not a lot of people truly know how hard it is for teenage girls to live up to the standards presented to them. Seventy-four percent of teenage girls say there is a lot of pressure when it come to pleasing everyone (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma). That percentage is astronomically high. Females this young should not have to worry about things as superficial as looks at this age. Teenage years are supposed to be the best years of a person’s life and time should not be wasted on worrying about body image. The pressure imposed on teenage females to adhere to a fictional standard of beauty has many negative consequences including: eating disorders, low self-esteem, and mental disorders. Teenage girls are targeted by the media the most. Ads showing thin, successful women with clear skin and money bombard young women on a daily basis and because a majority do not look that way, these young ladies feel worthless. Teenagers pick up on those “not subtle” clues that to be ‘perfect’ includes being smart, thin, have clear skin, and long hair. This age group is where kids become more aware of celebrities and media images - as well as how other kids look and how they fit in ( D 'Arcy Lyness, PhD). They are taking in everything that is presented to them and no one realizes just how much it is affecting them. Body image is something that is important to them and if they are not comfortable with how they look, they become uncomfortable, awkward, and

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