Detecting Body Image Issues In Teens: Infographic
Throughout June we’ve explored the topic of teen health, in particular the kind of body image issues that teens face and that are exacerbated by the media they are exposed to on a daily basis. We’ve explored ways that social media has both hindered and helped those with body issues, as well as how to use the web to promote positive body image among teens.
So for our latest infographic, we’re breaking down the facts of teen body image issues: when it starts, how many teens are affected, and how it changes as teens grow. Did you know that half of all boys and girls feel that they need to change something about their body? Or that between the ages of 13 and 18, boys’ body image will slowly increase, but girls’ body image gets worse?
Add social media to the mix, and you get the “cycle of selfies,” in which teens edit, share, and compare highly-filtered photos and create a culture where they are comparing themselves against unrealistic photos of their peers. They measure their appearance – and sometimes even self-worth – based on the amounts of “likes” and comments they get – or don’t get.
This can lead to serious issues such as eating disorders or self-harm. But with our exclusive “Detecting Body Image Issues In Teens,” we provide a guide to detecting red-flag search terms that may indicate your teen has a problem. By monitoring your teen’s social media and online activity, you can detect the problem, start a conversation with your teen, and help improve their self-esteem.