It is a huge part of our lives: media. And it is a really huge part of the average adolescent's life. Most of today’s youths are online all the time, either on computers or their cell phones, and constantly texting and Twittering. While they are using these devices, not to mention the television, they are constantly being reminded through advertising that they are not good enough, and that if they are not super-skinny and have a pimple or two, they are never going to be accepted. Adolescence is a hard enough time in a person's life as it is, and it doesn't take a whole to destroy the self-esteem of a young person. They are under a lot of pressure to fit in and often will go to extreme measures to do so.
*** Eating Disorders on the Rise in Adolescents, and Not Just the Girls
Studies have shown that young people can easily be swayed by the things they see on television and in magazines, and feel that they don't measure up to the actors, actresses and super models that are often stick-thin. It is important that youths receive more education about proper diet and nutrition, as well as exercise, and to let them know that they are wonderful just the way they are. They need to understand that the celebrities and models they want to emulate are not representatives of society as a whole, and in fact, they are a small minority.
***Self-Image Education Begins at Home