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The Source of Self-image Problems Flip through any magazine and you will see advertisement after advertisement focused on a beautiful female model Turn on the TV and you will see the same thing This isnt new and to some degree people tolerate this However these advertisements and TV shows are under fire for being a significant factor in causing insecurities in teenage girls about their bodies Health officials among others feel that the images these girls see are telling them how girls should look and if they dont fit the image then theyre ugly These insecurities can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia That is major reason why the advertising community has received negative press lately There is a flaw however in this exposure of the negative side of advertising The main focus is on how teenage girls are affected Rarely do we here about how teenage boys are being affected We hear about how males make up for about 10 of eating disorder cases and thats it Just because there are fewer boys with eating disorders does not mean that the media isnt affecting their self-image in the same way the media is affecting the self-image of teenage girls Therefore there should be just as much attention focused on how the media can hurt the way teenage boys feel about themselves Look at gyms across the country and you will see that a significant portion of the people working out are teenage boys On the surface this looks completely harmless and for the most part it is But there are several reasons why teenage boys and teenage girls spend hours on end each week in the gym A common reason for teenagers to work out is to train for sports Working out for sports is a sign of commitment and there is nothing negative with that Another reason is simply the enjoyment of exercise and the feeling of
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