Explain how having a negative body image and/or low self-esteem can lead teens to make unhealthy choices and take drastic measures to change bodies. Support your claim with evidence from your presentation and those of your peers. List healthier alternatives to these unhealthy and drastic measures.
A teen with negative body image or low self esteem is at risk of making a plethora of unhealthy choices to improve their body image or out of desperation. Some of these unhealthy choices include surgery, weight loss pills, steroids, or developing eating disorders. These choices can make changes such as losing weight, building muscle, and appearing more attractive but they all have negative side effects. Steroids will lead to early balding, risk of heart attacks and such. Some food diets will cut muscle mass and water weight instead of fat, and cause long term damage to the dieters body. Low self esteem could cause eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia, these eating disorders cause an individual to consume large amounts of food and regret doing so shortly after. They then proceed to use methods such as forced vomiting and prolonged over intensive exercise. A cycle is then formed and it becomes harder as it constantly repeats itself. Risks may include developing Diabetes due to lack of insulin, heightened feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability and such.