Teenagers In Today’s World Are Affected By Society’s Projection Of Self Image

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Imagine a world where everyone is perfect. Now try to recreate how they got there. It is literally impossible to meet everyone’s standards of perfection, especially society’s, because everyone views it differently. Being perfect could consist of a great personality or a good looking body. Because of the growing use of technology, the mass media have projected a certain way to look, eat, dress, and or behave. Many teenagers in today’s world are affected by society’s projection of self-image. They go through extreme measures just to look like these “perfect” people and in result; harm themselves in the process.
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Anorexia nervosa is the act of starving oneself to compensate weight gain (www.helpguide.org). There are also many harmful side effects to this disorder, such as weakness, muscle loss, hair loss/dryness, etc. In some extreme cases, people experienced the growth of a downy layer of hair all over the body and face, called lanugo. This is the body’s response to losing heat and nutrients. Like bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa also leads to increased risk of suicide and medical complications.
The final eating disorder in this category is binge eating. Binge eating is the act of overeating from being in a stressful environment (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org). Binge eating will not make one lose weight, but it will cause someone to gain weight at a rapid pace. Many binge eaters suffer serious and life threatening health problems, much like bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Many experience high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart and gallbladder diseases, and type II diabetes.
Along with developing eating disorders, many young adults will also give in to plastic surgery. According to the ASPS statistics in 2012, 76220 procedures were performed on patients ages 13-19 (www.plasticsurgery.org). The most common procedures were rhinoplasty (nose job), otoplasty (ear surgery), acne scar treatments, breast reductions, correction of breast asymmetry,...

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