I’m sick of being bombarded by messages suggesting that my body isn’t good enough! The truth is, no matter how many times teens are told that all body types are beautiful, we will never truly accept that notion as long as we’re surrounded by ads promoting unrealistic body images.
Think about it: In a world where celebrities and models post body-positive messages on social media but are then pictured in magazines looking impossibly tight and toned in a bikini, what are we supposed to believe? The message we’re receiving is: “All body types are beautiful—but be skinny and expose a lot of skin.”
This message can lead to unhealthy eating habits and self-esteem issues. I can speak from experience, because I once felt so bad about my body that I avoided taking part in fun activities, like swimming, where I might be judged on my looks. It wasn’t until I started to value my brains over my body that I was able to find the confidence to be more outgoing, but it wasn’t easy.
If there were a ban on ads that promote unrealistic body images, maybe teens would feel less pressure to meet society’s beauty standards and find it easier to be themselves. It may not be a foolproof way to reduce our insecurities, but it’s a much-needed step in the right direction. With a few careful regulations, beauty would no longer be defined by Photoshopped images; it would instead become an idea everyone can define for themselves.
Then young people could focus on channeling their energy into opportunities that will help them grow, rather than worrying about what they look like