PW April 21st

What do you see as the biggest problem facing people your age today?

Teenagers face real problems on a daily basis. They are exposed to some overwhelming external and internal struggles. Teens go through and are expected to have hormonal changes, puberty, social and parental forces, work and school pressures, as well as encountering many conditions and problems. Many teens feel misunderstood. It is vital that their feelings and thoughts are validated and that the validation comes from their parents.

I would say these are some common problems that teenagers face today:
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Stress
Bullying
Depression
Drinking and Smoking
Teen Pregnancy
Eating Disorders

I would like to focus on one issue that unfortunately is the one I’ve seen the most among my friends and some people I know.

Self-Esteem and Body Image
Teenagers face with numerous body changes. Some teenagers feel too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, etc. This feeling leads them to spend time wishing they were not too skinny, too short, their hair was not too curly or vice versa. The problem with this feeling is that it affects their self-image. When they do not like something in themselves, they have self-esteem and body image problems. They also perceive others, particularly schoolmates, to view them as they view themselves. Puberty changes tempt teenagers to compare themselves with people around them and when they find they do not match their standards, they feel low. They also compare themselves with those seen on TV, in movies, and in magazines. Teenagers who experience negative comments about their appearances, the way they talk, etc stuff also develop poor self-esteem and body image.

I always try to help everyone (they don’t have to be my friends necessarily) to love and accept their images just as it is. Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

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2 thoughts on “PW April 21st”

  1. Hi Camila! This is such a valuable message that I think everyone should hear. Thank you for sharing you views, you said it very well!

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  2. Camila, you write about an important issue that is difficult for many, and can cause real suffering. Thank you!

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