Body Image

The media's portrayal of beauty can cause low self-esteem in many young people. They are constantly bombarded by media saying that what they have isn't enough. They need to be thinner, hide their flaws by accentuating what is considered beautiful, act happier, be more social, have fuller hair, lips, bigger eyes, perfect skin. The list is neverending. The media is less accepting of those without desirable features, and glorify those who do, leading young people to be overly critical of themselves and feel like they're never good enough. The media sends mixed messages. One message tells us to value people for what's on the inside, but the next one tells us we should make more of an effort to look better because people will like us more. It's this confusion, this hypocrisy, that causes self-doubt and insecurity.