Body Image:

What teenage girls experience in the 21st century

Madyson Hannegrefs, Writer

My question to you is why are teenage girls more likely to get depressed than boys?

Most girls see themselves as too fat or too skinny. They see all of their insecurities and never positive things. When “pretty” girls compliment other girls about how they look good, and they don’t believe them.  

As girls approach the early teen years they begin to understand from various sources including media and peers how much their appearance is judged and valued by others. When they were younger there was clearly less emphasis on their attractiveness, appearance, and sexuality. Now, in their teen years, there is pressure for them not only to do well socially and academically but also to meet societal standards of what is considered both sexy and attractive. 

They experience all of these pressures within the context of monthly hormonal upheavals which may occur at regular or irregular intervals. Now, to me, the combination of these factors would seem to put our blossoming teen girls at risk for both increased stress and depression. Suicidal impulses and attempts are much more common in teenagers who think they are too fat or too thin, regardless of how much they actually weigh, a study found.