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Modifying the Perceptions of Body Imagery According to Linda Overstreet writer of Negative Body Images Society and Media chances are that you will know at least two people who will commit suicide during their teen years Overstreet 4 These may or not be people who are in ones circle of friends My first exposure to suicide was in the ninth grade when I heard about a girl in my high school who had killed herself I remember thinking why in the world would she have done this She was so pretty and she was popular Furthermore she seemed to have it all intelligence friends and a family that loved her What could be so wrong with her life that she felt she had no other choice I heard after the funeral her mother was going through her things and came across her diary In the diary she wrote that she couldnt deal with life anymore Later I was told that her friends began to distance themselves from her because she became more and more negative in her thinking of herself She developed anorexia nervosa as she continued to believe that she was ugly and overweight Her self-loathing eventually turned fatal as she took an overdose of pills before bed one night Andrew Colman author of the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology implies that body image is defined as a mental representation of ones own physical appearance based partly on self-observation and partly on the reactions of others Colman 99 It is safe to say that these days society places too much emphasis on body image In America today looks mean everything Lets face it we live in a world where one is judged by hisher appearance Surrounded by thin models and TV stars teenage girls are taught to achieve an impossible goal As a result many teenage girls and women intensely dislike their bodies According to Mary C Martin and James W Gentry marketing professors and
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