“Every 62 minutes at least one person died from an eating disorder,” says the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). The main cause of these people dying, is because they feel the need to have the “perfect” body. In February 2019, the ANAD researched and found that over 1,674,251 of American women sadly suffer from anorexia, and over 2,511,376 suffer from bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. Girls, teenage ones in particular, all over the world have seen models, and think that it’s the beauty standard. They starve themselves, exercise excessively, and do whatever they can to be tall, skinny, and tan.
Anorexia and other disorders can lead to self-injury, suicide (thoughts), depression, anxiety, anemia, heart problems, alcohol addiction, and more. Girls shouldn’t worry about this at such a young age.
More than 9 out of 10 women have reportedly been body shamed before, most of the time it’s caused by their judgmental parents. They comment about your outfit and how you look. Usually, those comments are negative. Friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, and peers, are a large group of who reportedly have body shamed girls. Girls feel the need to have the perfect body in order for a certain person to like them. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter what someone’s body looks like. Girls have stated that peers have given critical glares at them when they wear a certain outfit. That causes them to think they are being judged or talked about behind their back. Putting positive signs about it in public could change the way we think about ourselves.
Fashion brands are a massive reason why girls are insecure. Specifically, Brandy Melville. This store is very popular to teenage girls, and I can understand. They have nice clothes, jewelry and it’s somewhat affordable. Although, there is a problem: they only have one size. That size is extra small/small. If a girl wants to buy something from this store, but it doesn’t fit them, they shouldn’t feel disgusted about themselves. These girls can either feel that they are too skinny, or too fat. They simply just want to fit in. Slowly, yet thankfully, this has been changing. Recently, they added a size medium to some of their pants. Disappointingly, not all of them. Girls just want to be able to fit in, but they shouldn’t cry and get upset because they can’t wear similar clothes to their peers.
90% percent of people feel that this whole situation is a problem. That is the majority of the population. This is why it will change, and girls will feel confident and not have to worry about being judged or feeling uncomfortable in their own body.