Teen Body Image

Ava Bier
Mind Map by Ava Bier, updated more than 1 year ago
Ava Bier
Created by Ava Bier almost 4 years ago


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Teen Body Image
1 Social Media
1.1 Teenagers tend to compare themselves with other people or media images ("ideals" that are frequently airbrushed).
1.1.1 Analysis: In the modern day, the "ideal" body has very specific criteria that is not realistic– it is all photoshopped. From these images, teenagers body images are negative because they start to compare themseles to them.
1.2 VIDEO: People always told to become better versions of themselves. Social media has promoted a universal beauty which consists of white, tall, thin. You can't live normally to get that physique– it is not natural. Don't compare yourself to other people everyone is different. Beauty is seen differently by different people and not only physical attributes, also is within. Surround yourself with people that make you feel better about your body image.
1.2.1 Analysis: Don't focus on comparing yourself with others and look at the other aspects of yourself that are more beautiful and more interesting.
1.3 We are growing up in an age where we’re constantly bombarded with images of ‘attractiveness’ in the media. Over the years, the media has constructed an image of ‘attractiveness’ in our minds which appears to be absolute truth and has been firmly ingrained in our way of thinking. All that pressure can lead to negative body image.
1.3.1 Analysis: It's not always easy to like every part of your looks, but when you get stuck on the negatives it can really bring down your self-esteem.
2 Self-Esteem
2.1 Focusing on negative aspects of body lowers self-esteem.
2.1.1 Analysis: The main cause of low self-esteem (body image related) is by focusing on the negative aspects. This is often done on social media because teens tend to compare themselves to images online.
2.2 Self-esteem is all about how much you feel you are worth — and how much you feel other people value you. Self-esteem is important because feeling good about yourself can affect your mental health and how you behave.
3 Body Image
3.1 Negative
3.1.1 What is it? A distorted perception of your shape. You perceive parts of your body unlike what they really are. You feel that your body shape is a sign of your personal failure. You feel awkward and uncomfortable in your body.
3.1.2 Effects: People with a negative body image are more likely candidates to develop depression, low esteem, anxiety, obsessions about losing weight, and eating disorders.
3.2 Positive
3.2.1 A clear perception of your shape – you see your body as it really is. You know that a person’s physical shape says very little if anything about their character and value as a person. You don’t worry about food, weight and calories.
3.3 The Facts
3.3.1 Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror, or when you picture yourself in your mind. What you believe about your own appearance. How you feel about your body, including your height, shape and weight. How you feel in your body as you move.
3.3.2 Poor body image comes from negative thoughts and feelings about your appearance, and a healthy body image is made up of thoughts and feelings that are positive. Body image is a major factor in self-esteem; which is the way you think and feel about yourself as a person.
4 Solutions
4.1 Become a critical viewer of social and media messages. Pay attention to images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Protest these messages: write a letter to the advertiser or talk back to the image or message.
4.1.1 Analysis: It is all up to your mindset and you must realise and remind yourself that none of it is real. Be proactive by informing others about these issues and standing against these advertisements, posters, etc.
4.2 The concept of what is ‘attractive’ is always changing and totally flexible.If you are having trouble with negative body image in the face of the stereotypical idea of ‘attractiveness’ that we see all around us, remember that a lot of what you see has been altered using technology. They have created an idea of what is attractive that even they can’t live up to! There is no such thing as an ideal body - try to steer clear of media that suggests there is.
4.2.1 Why not make up your own mind?
4.3 Question messages in the media. Give your body some love. Choose your media. Find your own style.
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