Body Images

Zuleyma Romero

Summary

We say physical appearance isn't everything, but we let society tell us otherwise which hurts us mentally and physically.

Fact:

According to the Council on size and weight Discrimination, young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents.

How We View Our Bodies

Effects

Mental Effects

"Because bodies are readily apparent and widely held market of value and status, large individuals- even those who are not obese-often have trouble making and maintaining social relationships" People believe they need to fit a certain image to be worthy of somebodies friend.

Physical Effects

Being anorexic, bulimic, or taking laxatives can cause irregular or loss of menstruation, skin problems, irregular heartbeats, kidney and liver damage, loss of bone mass, hair loss, infertility, cardiac arrest and death.
Society destroys us mentally and physically just by simply giving us the perfect image of beauty. Girls, mostly need to accept their bodies instead of taking drastic measures that end up hurting them just to hold the expectation society tries to set up for us.

Work Citation

Crosnoe, Robert, Kenneth Frank, and Anna Strassmann Mueller. “Gender, body size and social relations in American high schools.” Social forces 86.3 (2008): 1189+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Feb. 2015.

“Introduction to Body Image: Teen Decisions.” Body Image. Ed. Auriana Ojeda. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Teen Decisions. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 26 Jan. 2015.