Since the media has grown and become extremely popular over the course of the last twenty-five years, this is the main reason that teenage girls are lowering their self esteem. In 1995 in Fiji, there was one case of an eating disorder. In 1998, 69% of the people wanted to lose weight and 74% said they felt too fat. TV and social media are the main causes of how girls feel about themselves today. The media wasn’t around over a century age and things like dieting have increased since then. Girls are constantly seeing pictures of other people’s lives and are comparing their lives to people who are somehow “better” than them. Many experts say that the media plays a role in “what women try to live up to be today”. So many teens are unhappy with their bodies and don’t feel confident. 90% of people who have an eating disorder are girls from 12 to 25!
Teens can’t listen to what other people say about how everyone should look. Paul Harrington wrote the book The Secret to Teen Power. He writes “When you compete against others, you’re often beating up yourself.” This explains how girls compete against other girls to look better, while in reality they are really just hurting themselves. Teenage girls are “more afraid of gaining weight than getting cancer, losing their parents, or nuclear war”, an article by Radar Programs say. The article ‘Dying to be a Barbie’ says that 4 out of 10 girls in first to third grade wish they were thinner! Not only has the media affected teen girls and women, it is affecting girls who haven’t even gotten to middle school yet!
There are billions of people in the world. Many of these people confuse “real” with “ugly”. Girls are beautiful no matter the size on the tag of their jeans or the bumps on their face. The media portrays women and girls as tan, skinny, and flawless, but that isn’t real. Girls bully other girls based on how greasy their hair is, the pimples on their face, and how “big” their thighs are. If girls don’t support other girls, what will our world be like when everyone is pushing everyone down for what they look like?
Second photo: http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/20/tech-founders-talk-about-why-the-new-entrepreneur-barbie-matters/