By: Lauren Reinhard
For many teens today their weight is something they’re the most uncomfortable about. Body image for young women and even men is a huge issue for todays youth. The idea that you must be a size 0 to be considered skinny is ridiculous. It has been created by social media and celebrities that if you aren’t as skinny as them then you’re over weight. It has created a huge dilemma in todays society that is causing young girls to starve themselves or even get depressed about their weight. In reality some bodies are not made to be size zero so some girls can never reach that size. When you are in high school many people are the most uncomfortable with their body and themselves. This means that trying to fit in at these times will be the most important. Most teens are sensitive to peoples thoughts and what people will say about them.
There has also been changes in sizes. I saw a Facebook post that showed three american eagle shorts over a span of 5 years. The pictures of the shorts showed that comparing each year the size kept getting smaller and smaller to the point where the size zero in 2000 was a size 2 in 2005. If companies are making there clothes smaller and smaller, teenagers will begin to thing they are getting bigger and bigger when really they are a normal and healthy size. With the problems that teenagers have faced with bulimia and anorexia it should be a concern of clothes companies to help them feel confident and beautiful. I remember learning in my latin class that if you were plump or “fat” in ancient times it meant that you were wealthy. Somehow times have changed to shaming others if they are a little overweight. I think instead of shaming others we should help anyone feel comfortable in their own skin.