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Her body is scarred as she stares at the reflection of her petite delicate figure in the mirror As she turns revealing her profile she notices the tight-drawn skin that covers her bones She cries and with a slight sob returns to the bathroom once more Another day passes and her life is still as tragic as it was before but now she can place the blame on herself or is it the media that triggers this odd behavior in teenage girls According to About-Face sixty nine percent of female television characters are thin and only five percent are overweight Silverstein Peterson Perdue Kelly 1986 This substantial gap between the thin and the thick is a leading factor in the lowered self-esteems of young teenage girls as well as a primary cause in drastic appearance changes Our society has elevated the importance of womens appearance through body styles and artifical perfection to such a degree that it causes lowered self-esteem in teenagers The media emphasizes the importance of physical beauty rather than emotional attractiveness As a female tries to obtain the look of an attractive person it can potentially be devastating for a womans body The use of magazine advertisements raises a females desire to be faultless Advertisers use airbrushing and other computer generated visuals to make models and other celebrities appear better looking The thinner thighs flatter stomach and flawless skin are now how the media portrays a typical womanly figure A teenager that is determined to change their appearance will end up ruining their natural self and will also find themselves still unhappy with their physical characteristics Along with many scars emotional anxiety can occur At this point teens become extremely stressed and eating disorders become more noticeable A girls concern with weight increases as the media shows the beautiful female to be thinner and thinner Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are now major problems that affect many adolescent females
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