Teen and Body Image Issue

DO you know that thigh gap, proanorexia and thinspiration are real obsessions? Just a search on these terms reveals many online posts that are inadvertently promoting serious eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

What is body image? It is the perception that a person has of their physical self, but more importantly the thoughts and feelings the person experiences as a result of that perception. It is often associated with teenagers, especially girls. However, our quick survey on body image reveals that not only girls but boys, too, feel the same pressure. Thirty teenagers were randomly selected to participate.

The results below prove that most teenagers agree that there is not much awareness on body image. They also feel that friends of the opposite gender face the same issues.

We need ask ourselves why the need to feel perfect. Remember: inner beauty prevails. Let’s put a stop to this unhealthy mentality by having a healthy body image.

Kumuthaavalli Shroom, 18, Kuala Lumpur

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