When you look into the mirror do you think you're fat? Most
teens do. Their self concept of themselves makes them think
they're something their not. They believe they are a few pant
sizes bigger than they really are. Its almost like looking into a
carnival mirror; When you look your see your body distorted into
something it's not. Carnivals are fun, but wanting to be thin
definitely isn't. Girls need to realize that the people in
advertisements that influence them, aren't real. Producers
download the picture onto a computer, and fix blemishes and extra
flab until the person looks like a totally different person. So
really, girls are wanting to look like somebody that doesn't
exist! But that's not the bad part, the bad part is what the
girls will do to achieve "The Look."
One of the most common and deadliest diseases is anorexia.
Anorexia is hardly ever eating, excercising uncontrollably and
self induced vomiting. The people that over exercise, barely eat
anything. In order to exercise you need energy. In order to get
energy you need to eat. But, anorexics barely eat. So where do
they get energy? They get it from the tiny amounts of food they
do take in. That's very little energy, and they use it al up
excercising. Soon, they start feeling drowsy all the time and
feel like they are not in control of their own lives, like the
only thing they can control is their weight.
The reason people do this is all for the approval of their
peers. Peers lokk at brands that are cute and sometimes
expensive. Some expensive brands make their clothes small though.
Like a small shirt from a paticular brand equals a medium in a
different brand. Then people feel pressured into losing wieght to
fit into cool brands. Many turn to anorexia. But anorexia is bad,
it makes you lose more weight than needed. You start to lose
weight but you keep doing it because your hooked. You get
addicted. And being addicted to anorexia is way worse than being
addicted to niccotine. Anorexia makes you get thinner and
thinner. You notice that your getting more tired, more close to
death. But you don't stop, because your addicted. When you smoke,
you don't feel anything.
Another vey dangerous disease is bulimia. Bulimia is when you
eat and eat and eat. Then performing the act of self induced
vomiting. Its similar to anorexia but they differ because
anorexics don't eat, bulimics do. Bulimics don't do anorexia
because they like to eat. They figure that they'd rather eat
whatever they want then throw up rathen than eat nothing then
throw up. Some bulimics don't even exercise either. They just
throw up whatever they take in so the body gets its nutrients,
without gaining any weight. Some bilimics and anorexics stick a
tooth brush down their throats to help them gag and vomit. They
think its gross to stick down their finger.
Bulimics rather throw up than exercise to lose weight, but
what they don't know is that throwing up has more cons than
excercising does. There are acids in the stomach that deteriate
food so it can leave the body. Everytime you throw up, those
acids come up the esophagus, burning your throat on their
journey. That's a lot of damage to the throat. People go through
all this trouble just to be thin.
The last resort to skinniness is fad diets. The word fad means
its popular for a while then dies out after a while. Its like
yoyo's; All kids had one, but after a while they got old. Just
like these particular diets. That's why they're called
diets. The advertisements have a bias, or slant in the way
information is shown. An advertisement couls say something like "
Its better than (another diet)." And the product can be better
than another product, but it still might not work. You can spot
when a diet will not work when the claims they have are
impossile. Like saying you can 20 lbs. in one week. If you lose
more than 10 lbs. a week, your not losing body fat. Your losing
All fad diets do is waste your money. They say that you can
have your money back guaranteed but that's not true. Some people
just don't return them because they think they're so fat that it
will work on other people but not them. They're embarrassed. In
the United States, the number for ver weight people is
increasing. More then half the people are over weight. When your
over weight, it can make you depressed, tired, nervous and
desperate. And manufactures take advantage of that. They know
that people are so desperate for a way to lose wieght that
they'll try anything to get rid of it. Including fad diets.
No matter what kind of easy way out you take, it wont work.
The only healthy way for you to lose weight is to eat right and
exercise! Sure youll sweat. Sure youll have to balance your
fruits, vegetables, breads, fats and meats. But it will all be
worth it! Its worth it to be healthy. Excercising is actually
fun. If you exercise by playing sports. Almost any sport counts
as exercise. Softball and baseball, you run the bases which is
exercise for the legs. You also bat and catch, which is exercise
for the arms. Basketball,you run, exercise for legs. You dribble
the ball, exercise for the wrist. It can also improve your hand
and eye cordination by aiming and dribling. Soccer, you run and
exercise your calves. You also kick, which requires you to kove
your leg. That's exercise, too! Track, of corse you excecise, all
you do is run. So get out there. Have fun. Exercise! Its way
funner than throwing up.