Today’s teenagers are influenced by the many things that they see. Whether they are aware or not, the things seen see on TV, and in magazines have influence on us. Teenagers are always interested in following fashion or branching off into their own styles. In magazines there are titles such as “how to be beautiful” showing only women who are really skinny with long hair and revealing clothes and it is rare that one will see any plus-sized people on there. Then there are the teens and adults who try to look like the models in the magazines; who are taking drastic measures, even risking their health to look similar. It’s normal to want to wear what the models wear and look like them, but it’s not normal to starve yourself to look like them. The desire to look thin when already at average size may come from within. There is no single cause for eating disorders. Although concerns about weight and body shape play a role in all eating disorders, the actual cause of these disorders appear to result from many factors, including cultural and family pressures and also self-esteem. Genetics and biologic factors may also play a role.
Self-esteem is how one feels about themself. Self-esteem is ones pereception of how they look and their sense of worth as a person Low self-esteem contributes to a distorted body image, and the distorted body image can't be fully corrected until self-esteem issues are reconciled. People who suffer for Bulimia and Anorexia have these distorted images of their self as being fat, when in reality they’re under-weight. Sufferers often feel as though they are not good enough, that they never do anything right, that they are scrutinized by others for their appearance, and that their lives would get better if they could just lose weight. Additionally, research regarding the impact of gender on self-esteem has continually supported the idea that women are more likely than men to report lower levels. (e.g. Green, Scott, Cross, Liao, Hallengren,...
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