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Media and It's Affect
on Self Esteem





By Geetanjali Gunanathan

Imagine it has been a long day and all you want to do is relax. You come home drop all of your things and head to the fridge for something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Yum, there is a new container of chocolate ice cream and what better way to enjoy it then sitting down to watch some television. Just as you are about to indulge into your ice cream a commercial comes on featuring Kim Kardashian, the epitome of sexiness. “Do you feel sexy? Do you have the body you’ve always wanted? You can change the way you look. You have the power to reinvent yourself. Create the body you deserve. No more excuses, just results. How hot can you be? Quick Trim. ” Looking down, that ice cream doesn’t seem so delicious anymore. Right now, those Quick Trim pills seem to be the only thing on your mind.

Situations similar to these occur from day to day in the homes of many teens. The media is often convincing young women to question how they look making them feel insecure. Commercials frequently feature stick thin models, which are associated with the words perfect and beauty. Some girls will do anything to reach that stick thin figure because that will make them “beautiful.” Once that teenager sees that they aren’t becoming the size they “should be”, they begin to feel bad about their self-image.  The media is making teenagers feel that if they don’t look a certain way they aren’t beautiful, which could cause some teenagers to because very depressed with low self- esteem.

In most cases teenagers are looking at people that don’t even exist. The media chooses to show women that epitomize beauty even if that woman doesn’t exist. The media is so advanced that they are now able to create a woman using body parts from others. So a woman on the cover of a magazine could be so “perfect” that she doesn’t even exist. Most teenage girls wouldn’t be able to recognize the difference between real and fake, attainable and impossible, and natural beauty and faux beauty. That is because they are persuaded to think that the average girl should be 110 pounds and a size 2. Well, in actuality the average girl should be about 130 pounds and a size 7. The difference may not seem like much, but teenagers see a big difference because the media has manipulated heir mind into thinking that they should obtain a certain image.

However, these sizes are mostly unattainable for young girls. Diet and exercise are healthy ways of trying to lose weight if necessary.  Unless a doctor recommends losing a few pounds, a teen should not be dieting. Many perfectly shaped teenagers try to lose weight going to the extreme by either throwing up after eating or not eating at all. By submitting to bulimia, which involves the teens causing themselves to throw up, serious health problems can result such as heart failure. Bulimia also is one of the main mental health problems among teens. Another unhealthy option they resort to in order to lose weight is to submit to anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder in which one chooses to not eat at all.  Anorexia leads to teens having a lack of energy and serious health problems.  Overall, the media leads teens into having self-esteem issues that will end up in a dangerous lifestyle. Overtime, teens will become so into following what the media says that they lose part of who they are in hopes of becoming someone that doesn’t even exist.

Who looks Happier?



The average model is 110 pounds and a size 2.



The average woman is 130 pounds and a size 7.




“The media is so advanced that they are now able to create a woman using body parts from others. So a woman on the cover of a magazine could be so “perfect” that she doesn’t even exist.”

“Who is the face of America?”  Well, it is apparently someone who doesn’t exist. This model is a creation of many women who had certain body parts that were “perfect” enough.

References: If You Have Any Concerns Feel Free To Visit These Websites Activities Teenage Girl Improving Low Self Esteem Improving Teen Self Confidence Teen Depression

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