Body image and self esteem are two important issues facing many teens today. Almost every girl want to look like a Victorias secret model, and almost every guy wants to be as muscular as the men in magazines.
Many teenagers have a hard time recognizing changes that are happening to them in these teen years. As a teenagers body changes their self esteem changes as well. Some people begin to feel " not skinny enough", "not pretty enough", and generally not good enough. I think it is really important to stress true beauty in young people. Inner or true beauty is something that cannot be obtained from being thinner or prettier, but from having a positive outlook on life. Personally, I think it is a parents responsibility to help their child realize what true beauty is, and where it comes from. In an article from 2002, I read that there is a strong correlation between body image and interpersonal relationship. The study concluded positive correlation between self esteem and the following things:high reading and math achievement, small family size,early ordinal position in the family, and high parental warmth. Of theses variable, the one that we can control for future generations is parental warmth. What are your opinions on this topic? What variable do you think has the largest impact on the self esteem of a child? This study was done on college females, so do you think the study would be different if i were a different gender or age?
Crystal, D Paul.A correlation study of body image and perceived parental nurturance in college females. April 27 and 28 2002 http://www.charis.wlc.edu/publications/symposium_spring02/paul.pdf