Body Image-Risliana

 

Body Image is an inner view of your outer self, or your perception which is often not based on reality. Body Image has four components that are Visual, Mental, Emotional, Kinesthetic. Which I will further go in detail later on. Visual is how you “see” yourself in the mirror. Mental is what you believe and think about your appearance which can be positive or negative. Emotional is how you feel about your body, including height, weight, and shape. And lastly Kinesthetic which is how you feel in your body not just about your body. So what is a body positive image? It is the realistic perception of your body or shape. People with positive body images don’t measure worth by weight or size. They also feel comfortable in their body, they don’t buy into the ideal or perfect body shapes. Negative Body Image is an image that develops when her or his body does not measure up to family, social, or media standards. People who have a negative body image may look in the mirror and see themselves or their body parts different from the way they really are.

How does body image affect teenagers?

This issue affects teenagers because usually body image struggles start when you are getting older. Body image is an issue start as young as 12 and older because teenagers spend more time or social media and become more aware of celebrities, media, and advertisements. Media plays a huge role in negative body image because people actually fall in their trap.

Why is it important?

This issue is very serious because poor body image can lead to several mental health issues. This is also important because 95% teenagers that watch reality television find apperance important. 1 in 5 teenagersare not satisfied with their body. Also 30 million people is the US have eating disorders and several of them are due to their body image. The level of Anorexia and Bulimia are increasing rapidly every year. Also, every year, more girls want to be thin while more guys what want to be more muscular.

How does this relate to me?

This issue does not personally relate to me. But I am sure everyone have you must have said “I am too short.” “why I am I not skinny.” “why can’t I be that muscular.”

In conclusion, I think it’s important to emphasize the internal beauty like improving self esteem and self confidence. Be happy in your own skin and accept yourself the way you are and learn to love yourself for the totality of who you are being, and not what you look like.

Nicole – Anorexia

Anorexia
an eating disorder where in people are afraid to gain weight
people with this disease tend to be extremely underweight

I chose this topic because I recently found out that many people die from it. This issue is relevant to me because sometimes, I see anorexic people on the news and I sometimes get scared because of how thin they are. So this made me want to learn about it more. This affects teenagers because if they are anorexic, they could become way too thin or underweight. Also, teenagers with anorexia have low self-esteem and tend to feel bad about how they look, so they starve themselves to achieve the body they want.

I learned that people with anorexia actually die! Also, I learned that anorexia has various symptoms such as dehydration, dizziness, fatigue, fainting, binge eating and weight loss. In addition, only 1 out of 10 men and women receive treatment. My thinking has changed about this because I only thought that people with anorexia are “thin”, but know I realised that they are the unhealthy kind of “thin”. This also helps me understand the difference with being physically fit and the unhealthy kind of underweight.

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Adi – Autism

I chose this topic because I could connect to it. One of my best friends was autistic, and I want to understand autism more. This subject is relevant to me because I want to understand why she used to be the way she was. I remember, when my friend was autistic, feeling very confused and freaked out at her behavior. Understanding autism is important because it helps us be more patient and understanding of one another, and of autistic people. It’s not an autistic person’s fault that they’re a little out of the ordinary. This condition affects teenagers all around the world because they might be autistic, or know someone who is autistic. Also, they might have bullied someone who is autistic, and they might feel sorry now they know that person is autistic, and not just weird.

What I learned while researching for my health buzz is that autistic kids are not that different from other people, except they see the world from a whole new perspective. Also, autism is not something that necessarily needs to be cured, it is something that needs to be understood. Autism is basically a mental disease that develops during childhood. It causes difficulty in communicating, difficulty in forming relationships with other people, and ‘social quirks’. Autism is a growing problem, with now 1 out of every 68 children in the US with autism. Autism ranges in severity, and can be lifelong, or temporary. Ways to treat autism are using the ABA technique, or Applied Behavior Analysis, and removing all artificial foods and chemicals from the child’s diet. My thoughts towards autism are as follows. Autism is not negative nor positive, it is simply a different state of being, though it is not optional. People with autism should not be bullied, they should be treated with as much respect as everyone else, and they should be accepted. Autism is a very special condition, and I am glad to have researched this topic. When I researched autism, much of what I read was familiar, but now my understanding of autism has deepened, and I now know that autism is curable, that it is connected to the foods one eats, and of other ways of curing autism. We are studying healthy foods in wellness, and I now realize that food affects many things, including the behaviors of autistic people. It is very important, more than I had thought, to eat healthily.

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I think this picture accurately describes autism because to us, sometimes an autistic kid’s world might seem upside down. Also, kids with autism do this their whole lives – they look at the things differently.