For every three teens in America, one might be facing obesity, but the methods that these teens use to treat the problem might be the real reason that causes them to get weaker. Obesity might be America’s top concern towards health. However their biggest potential problem might be from the fact that these teens are torturing themselves as they compare themselves with those seen on any form of the media. The staggering fact is that even though these pictures might be retouched, teenagers are still very determined to pursue these unrealistic bodies. Therefore many could see that the media influences a lot of teens, but girls are more easily affected by their physique than boys. The media can be harmful because many teenage girls are disappointed by their personal features when they see models on TV and magazines, while boys are less influenced by images compared to other girls. Overall, girls are encouraged to change their looks when they view these photos of perfect shapes and features, while a hand full of boys are over working out to build their muscles like those seen on health magazines. Although some might claim that the media is a motivation to give teens a more healthy life, not many can see that these teens are doing more than what their body can take.
First of all, teens are daily exposed to the media, therefore many feel unhappy when they compare their proportion with those of a model. A large amount of girls at the age of 18 use cosmetic products to have an ideal look. To illustrate, according to the article “Does the Media’s Focus on Beauty have an Ugly Side?” 5% of teen girls are obsessed over beauty products that are shown on ads to gain unrealistic features. This evidence suggests that the media has a very big impact on their appearances and how girls feel about themselves. The information also indicates that teen girls also raise their expectation of how appealing they should be when they see beautiful girls and women on ads or even social media. In conclusion, a lot of young ladies and are witnessing artificial beauty but are still fooled to achieve that level of symmetry.
Although it is true that most teens that are affected by the media are girls, there are still many guys who are being impacted by the media in a different way. For example, as boys reach the point when they are slowly developing, they’re trying workouts and lifting with the purpose of achieving a strong, muscular build seen on ads. In the section “Pumped Up”, Marcos Cano found out that like some 14 years old male teenagers, Jason Dean is lifting weights for many hours on a daily basis every week when they see their friends getting bigger. This example illustrates that even boys are influenced not just by buffy models and advertisers but by their own surrounding. It is also logical that the media is affecting boy teenagers, making them overly obsessed with working out. This might even become a distraction towards their school work. Base on the given evidence, young male adults are continuously exercising to achieve very unrealistic ideal physiques viewed in the media.
In comparison, some might believe that the images on media motivate teens to be healthier and stay fit. Based on a graph shown by Marcos Cano, up to 68% of girls and 55% of boys are trying to lose weight, while only a handful are using diet pills and other dangerous methods. This example illustrates that many teens are seeing the pictures on media as a goal for them to achieve that physique through healthy workouts. Although this argument seems valid at first, many are still not certain how much these teens are pushing themselves. Teens themselves don’t even know if they are exercising but still consuming the right amount of food. Basically, this graph of ‘How Teens View and Manage Weight’ show that more than 50% of girls are on their diet to lose weight, and along with intense work out, they’re trying to break through their limit even though only about 27% of teens are actually overweight. This shows that the fact that these teens are obsessively trying to work out and dieting can be misleading because the contrast between the amount of calories that these adolescents are burning and consuming are weakening and overheating their bodies. After looking carefully at both perspectives, one can see that the media can still be harmful to teens if they don’t realize their limit.
As a conclusion, teen girls are forced to apply cosmetic products to feel confident and beautiful like models, and boys are spending valuable time building up their muscles. The media can influence teens to stay in shape, however the combination of teens overly exercising to stay fit and restraining their eating is breaking down their body. All these concerns and problems are happening as teens are experiencing a large amount of retouched beauty within their daily life. These adolescents should be warned about the fatal potential from the media when they’re receiving the wrong messages. In the end, the pictures in media should be no different from cigarettes. These photo should come with a warning, “Be careful, these images are retouched and can be taken as a misleading influence to teenagers.”