The Struggles of Self Esteem

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Self criticism can lead to dissatisfaction with one’s body image and self esteem. Body image distortion is known to be affecting adults and adolescents worldwide. The pursuit for perfection often results in the sense of failure which regularly leads to acts of self harm. These acts can be as common as unhealthy dieting as well as excessive exercising which can build up into life threatening eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and depression are commonly associated with negative body image. Women with eating disorders generally have a harsh time trying to accept themselves that acceptance from other becomes a necessity. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder correlated with the despair weight gain. People with the disorder commonly starve themselves, skip meals entirely, or go on a diet that meets little to none of their nutrition needs. Unnecessary attention to physical appearance often creates body image issues, primarily affecting females. NEDA estimates that up to 10 million females and 1 million males battle with anorexia or bulimia, or both. Anorexia is being diagnosed more frequently and becoming more common to find in children as young as eight. Adolescent girls and women are stormed with photos of women in media that are impractical. These women in media are portrayed unrealistically thin and are often incredibly altered digitally yet are seen as ideal women, which many conceive as a standard. A study found that half of the girls in grades three through six
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