This post has been delayed a long time… but here you go! The post you have all been asking for!
Also… read on to find out some (kind of 😂) exciting news 😉🙂
Thank you so much to all of you who have contributed… every one of those story’s helped xx
So yeah! Here you go 🙂
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The Pressure put on the Teenagers of todays Generation
There is no doubt about it; its never been easy being a teenager. But is this now a generation in crisis? The guardian states. This is a such an open ended topic, so I posted this title online, interested to see what people’s views on this matter were.
Almost every single response clearly outlined the fact that peer pressure has a huge impact on teens lives, and said that it needs to stop. As the topic I have chosen has tons of problems I could talk about, I had to narrow it down too just a few. So, what kind of pressure is being put on teens regarding body image, and how can we stop oblivious peer pressure?
Have you ever told someone they are fat of heavy even just as a joke? Have you ever been told that YOU are fat or heavy? If you have, you will know it hurts. Even if it may have been a joke. Body image pressure caused by oblivious comments is an incredibly common form of pressure put on teenagers, and is often not noticed by the speaker. This is one of the most important subcategories of Pressure to me as I have a very on-off friendship with my body and my weight, as I have sometimes been told in the past by close friends that I am fat, an example of accidental peer pressure. There have been a few occasions where I have tried to starve myself or go on a diet, but I always quit when I remember how irrational I am being and what can happen if you don’t eat. Think before you say. Oblivious peer pressure is just the first step of many, and can lead too eating disorders, depression, hospitalisation, and even suicide.
From a survey I conducted, 100% of people in this class have heard the term eating disorder, but only 86% actually knew what it is. Eating disorders are not a choice. They are actually complex medical and psychiatric illnesses, and the rates of suicide are several times higher in people with an eating disorder than people without.
The majority of you will have heard of anorexia, and few may have heard of bulimia, an eating disorder with suicide rates of around 36%. Many people assume that it will go away when treated, but a woman who told me she was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 13 stated:
“The scary thing about eating disorders is that it never really goes away. I still have anorexic tendencies to this day but I’ve been a healthy weight even since that incident as a teen when I took it too far. I’m 27 almost 28 now, but I still suffer from body dysmorphia.”
Your actions, oblivious, or not, can affect lives.
There are so many stupid trends on social media. Take bikini bridges for an example. A bikini bridge is a flat stomach with your hips poking out at the sides, which in my opinion, as well as being unhealthy, also looks unhealthy, rather than nice. Although it has been admitted that the bikini bridge was a prank, a hoax article that was posted on buzz feed, this doesn’t stop people wanting and trying to have a bikini bridge. Even worse, many people, adults and teens alike, are promoting this false trend and advertising starving yourself to achieve it.
Another point that came up when I asked people about this subject, was celebrity’s and their influence on their fans. Some celebrity’s advertise plastic surgery and appetite suppressors, however some, like Kate Winslet, an English actress, are trying to set a more positive example. Kate says:
“I resent that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner. I hope that in some small way I’m able to say, ‘I’m a normal person; I’m doing all right. I’ve got a lovely husband and children, and I didn’t lose weight to find those things, and those things are what should be important.”
Now, as we become more and more aware of the problems we are causing and the pressure being put on today’s generation of teenagers, we are slowly finding ways to help put an end to all these ridiculous false trends and oblivious peer pressure. For example, there are multiple charity’s such as OPEN DOOR who offer therapy for young people ages 12 to 24 for all sorts of mental illnesses.
But what can we do? Well, the answer is quite simple really. Is there anyway in which what you are saying could be taken wrong? If someone said it to you, how would you feel? If we can prevent provoking comments, we can help contribute towards saving our generation, and future generations.
There is no doubt about it; its never been easy being a teenager. But is this now a generation in crisis?
Did you like it? Let me know in the comments section down below 🙂
As some of you may have noticed, I haven’t been very active lately. I have been trying but I have been on holiday so I haven’t had a lot of time! 🙂🥺❤️ Hopefully when I go back to school I shall be more active as I will have more time! 🙂
Now… for the exciting (for some of you 😂❤️🙌🏻) news…
I have been thinking about this for a very long time. I have had my blog for over half a year and currently have 218 followers! And it would seem lots of you are keen to know who I am and what I look like.
Afew bloggers know who I am, mainly because they have contacted me, or vice versa. Thank you so much to these people for not telling anyone my name! 😇
I was thinking about doing a face and name reveal if I ever hit 300. Possibly a year or more away from now, but still a possibility??? 🤔🙃
Would you all like this? Let me know below 🙂
And also… if I do become non anonymous… should I still keep the website name “Newblogger20s blog”? And should I still sign off as Newblogger20?
Thank you so much for reading! Hope you liked my speech 😊 remember… please do not copy any part of it without my permission. If you would like to, please contact me 🙃
Have a nice day!