The pressure test – Are teenage girls too obsessed with their weight?

27 08 2009

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In a recent survey, it was revealed that teenage girls that viewed commercials depicting women who were unrealistically thin caused adolescent girls to feel less confident, more angry and and more dissatisfied with their weight and appearance.

Teenagers are very self conscious in general, and being constantly bombarded by the perfect image of beauty that they see on television- thin models that are impossibly perfect – does not help.  In fact, not even the models are perfect themselves. Many of the images we see in magazines, adverts, and television commercials, have all been graphically enhanced on the computer. Technology can make them look thinner; more tanned, and even take away the odd freckle.

Many children watch between two and four hours of television per day. 50% of commercials aimed at girls speak about physical attractiveness, whereas none of the commercials aimed at boys speak about appearance.

Most teenagers worry about their weight- they think they are fat because they are not like the models that they see on television. Worries and anxieties can lead to anorexia- a mental disorder that makes you think you are fat. You look in the mirror and see yourself as fat even if you are perfectly normal. Anorexia is more common in the age group of 15 – 20 year old females, although it is appearing in younger age groups at an alarming rate.

It is estimated that only four out of ten people affected with anorexia will ever make a full recovery.

By Vivian and Giulia

References-

http://www.mediafamily.org/facts/facts_mediaeffect.shtml

http://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/2008/10/28/anorexia-facts/

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5 responses

22 09 2009
kirsty

i reackon all dem gals are stupid

19 10 2009
R

Define stupid.

19 03 2010
noone

i have been dieting since like i was nine i blame the dough nuts

19 05 2010
Natalie

omg that girl in the picture looks IDENTICAL to my sister!!! lol does anyone know the name of this girl or something about her?

4 08 2011
Sammie Gorton

By the end of this article, it brought tears to my eyes and I don’t even know why.

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