The Issues Surrounding Ideal Body Image
By Keara Aughney
Social media, television, magazines, and peer pressure in today’s society has impacted many young people in creating an image of ideal beauty and body image.
Girls that are “slim thick” usually with curves, nice boobs, and a big butt are looked at and viewed more highly than others. These characteristics have become the definition of “pretty”. In society today, we learn to compare ourselves to others constantly, without even being aware of it.
Novato High School sophomore Riley Colyer shared her opinions on body image.
“Body image honestly affects pretty much everyone even if it’s not a big part of you,” said Colyer. “Everyone has little insecurities that are built up by people comparing themselves and peers to other people surrounding. It can be in the hallways, at school, or looking at the model on the cover of a magazine. One of the things that contributes most to the ideal body image is how pictures on the media are photoshopped; but everyone needs to realize that not everyone looks like that in real life.”
Studies show most teens develop eating disorders as the solution to a perfect body.
According to eatingdisorderhope.com, “Body image disturbance is one of the most common clinical features attributed to eating disorders. Most contemporary theories consider body dissatisfaction to be the most immediate or proximal antecedent to the development of an eating disorder and empirical studies indeed confirm this association.”
Many teenage girls become anorexic and or bulimic because of how unhappy society has led them to feel about themselves. Usually, girls feel the need to have the ideal body so that they will be looked at as “pretty” by other guys.
Being Anorexic means to have a fear of having an increase of weight. Most people tend to have little to no appetite. Bulimia is an emotional disorder in which overeating causes people to go into depression and often time self-induce vomiting, purging, or fasting.
Novato High junior Arianna Sabatella believes people should be more secure.
“I feel like people care more about what they look like to others than they do about themselves and that is wrong,” Sabatella said.
The population of young girls, and even boys with the body-image issues has seems to have expanded and grown rapidly over the course of the last few decades and will continue to do so for an extremely long time.