Pressure to be Perfect – Teens Perspective

“I wish I was taller.” “If only I was a little shorter.” “I want to have a thigh gap.” “I have a double chin.” “If only my teeth were straight.” “If only my hair was curly/straight, longer legs, I’ll look so much better those jeans”Does this sound familiar?

Does this sound familiar?

Mission Australia highlighted in the Youth Survey: Mental Health Report that over the past 3 years body image has been a top concern amongst teens.

Being a teenager may be one of the difficult periods for a youngster as their brain is maturing and body is developing. They’re not alone!  The idea of being perfect is stressful because it is straight out unreachable! placing a negative impact on their self-esteem and the importance of body image.

The idea of being perfect is stressful because it is straight out unreachable! This is causing a negative impact on their self-esteem and raising the question whether educating young adults the importances of healthy body image and how to achieve positive views is extremely needed in our schools.

The close link between body image and self-esteem can be influenced by many issues, however, our focus is on the power of media.

Young teenagers are constantly bombarded with images and posts from magazines, social media and other media outlets with nearly perfect human beings. The presentation of these individuals on different medium platforms has placed a huge impact on how youth looks and how they fit in within their social circle inside and outside of school.

The pressure teenagers received has led to mental health issues such that dissatisfaction with their body and body shaming themselves, participate in unhealthy eating habits and alienating themselves from their peers.

A.L.

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Rethinkbeauty.weebly.com. (2016). Effects of Media Pressure – The ReThink Beauty Campaign. [online] Available at: http://rethinkbeauty.weebly.com/effects-of-media-pressure.html [Accessed 7 Sep. 2016].

Kidshealth.org. (2016). KidsHealth.org Search : mental_health_teenagers. [online] Available at: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/body-image.html http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/mental_health_teenagers.html [Accessed 8 Sep. 2016].

Raisingchildren.net.au. (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in adolescence: an overview | Raising Children Network. [online] Available at: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/mental_health_teenagers.html [Accessed 9 Sep. 2016].

 

 

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