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The media affects people in many different ways and can negatively affect teenage girls and their health The average runway model is estimated to be 5 feet 9 inches tall and to weigh in at 110 pounds resulting in a body mass index of just 16 Klonick A healthy body mass index is anywhere from 185 to 249 Seeing these underweight models can make young girls wish to be thin The media negatively influences the body image of teenage girls which leads to an eating disorder Body image is the concept that each individual forms about his or her own appearance Lankford 6 Many different influences can impact the body image of a teenage girl Often how a person pictures their body is very different from their actual appearance Lankford 12 Sadly this distorted view on their bodies appearance can generate a negative body image Body image is influenced by environmental experiences and behaviors which interact to shape a persons attitude toward and perceptions ofher body The development to negative body image comes from both historical and proximal events Reel 69 A variety of these different experience impacts a teenage girl and the way she views her body Dissatisfaction with ones physical appearance can lead to a negative body image Lankford 13 The leading cause of eating disorders is a negative body image Many of the negative body images are brought on by psychological and interpersonal factors Some of the problems most commonly linked to these disorders include low self-esteem depression and stress from traumatic situations such asdeath Cotter 37 Psychological factors that can contribute to a negative body image are low self-esteem feelings of inadequacy or lack of self-control in life depression anxiety anger stress or loneness National Interpersonal factors that can contribute to eating disorders are troubled personal relationships difficulty expressing emotions and feelings history of being
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