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As a body conscious teenager myself I am a prime example of the teens I have been discussing. Medically I’m not overweight, but when I turn on the T.V and see Rhianna performing in skimpy clothing that’s exactly how I feel. This is because people talk about, pop star, Rhiannas figure and appearance so positively. I then brainwash myself into thinking I’m absolutely the opposite her- she’s a worldwide famous superstar and I’m absolutely not. And I am then left with the feeling no one could ever describe my appearance positively, but only negatively.
On ‘The Spinny Press’ website it shares a survey which presents that ‘Concern about how their (teenagers) body looks is now the biggest worry for the nation’s 11-24 year olds’. Have you ever considered this is how a whole generation of, pressure overloaded, teenagers are feeling? Maybe then it feels like a big deal, something that needs solving, and not just soon now.
Teenage boys are also being victimised by the media. Magazines like Men’s Health enhance the pressure on boys to be toned and masculine. The models included in Men’s Health have unrealistic and idyllic bodies that teenage boys want themselves. They see the models as the attractive way to look. But for growing teenage boys it is unhealthy and even dangerous to try and achieve that kind of physique. The pressure for boys has intensified immensely. In an article by Dr. Brian McDonald on the ‘Family Anatomy’ website he shares an unhealthy and worrying statistic that ‘7 and 11% of school boys have used steroids at some point to increase muscle size and tone’. This can only prove the pressure boys feel. Also if boys are regularly going to the gym and using weights this could indicate that they are either trying to get fit or another strong reason could be they are also be unsatisfied with their appearance and could be pushing themselves at the gym to improve their overall appearance. Surely this underlines the impact the media has on boys, not just girls, and the lengths they’ll go to achieve and maintain a perfect body, because the media suggests this is what will attract girls, also an important issue to male teenagers.
It is certain the media needs to stop advocating such unhealthy, unrealistic and dangerous bodies to girls and boys. Unless this stops me and other teenagers will spend our lives worrying about what people think, whether we look ‘normal’ or different from everybody else. We will never be able to venture into a potential successful career if we are always self conscious and unconfident about the way we look and present our-selves to others around us.What the media is doing is discriminating people that are less fortunate and cannot afford the things celebrities can to achieve the appearances they have. They are also discriminating people with regular figures, perceiving them as unattractive and ugly, but what the media is doing is ugly.
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