Is Beauty the Beast?
Newspapers, magazines and television are full of images of attractive, stylish and slim models. These images can put a great deal of pressure on people who may be struggling with perceptions of their bodies. In desperation to look and feel attractive, people sometimes resort to anorexia or bulimia. If gone untreated, these disorders can be fatal.
The good news is that therapy can aid considerably in the development of a positive self-image. The following article discusses images in the media and how family members can aid a loved one struggling with body image disturbance:
“I never thought about how magazines influence my feelings about my body. I look at the models and sometimes read the articles. I’m interested in fashion and want to stay in style. But lately I’ve been obsessing on different body parts. It seems no matter what I do, I don’t look like the models I see. I’ve been feeling depressed. My mom is worried because I started dieting. She says I’m not fat.
Many teens I see in therapy struggle with body image disturbance. Their bodies become their enemies – not good enough to win them acceptance or popularity. They falsely believe that a “killer” body is the key to love.”