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Teen Body Image

Hey Adults, Please Stop Stereotyping All Teens Who Use Social Media

Jaylen Bledsoe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Teen
Jaylen Bledsoe

We are the generation of social media, and we all look to each other to determine how we should be using it. For some weird reason, we all use it differently.

The Beauty Problem We Don't Talk About

Adora Svitak | Posted 07.05.2014 | Teen
Adora Svitak

Good Chinese girls, after all, are supposed to be "guai" -- docile, obedient. I can remember being called "guai" from the time I was old enough to understand Chinese. Incidentally, that was around the same time I decided I wanted to be white.

Why Barbie Is Actually A Good Role Model

Justina Sharp | Posted 03.16.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

I completely disagree that Barbie should be changed in any way. Sheʼs a doll. She lives in her own world, and does not need to accurately represent the people in ours.

How Young Teens' Eating Disorders Can Affect Them Later In Adolescence

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BY KATHLEEN RAVEN NEW YORK Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:18pm EST (Reuters Health) - Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain m...

Catherine Pearson

The Upsetting Fear The Majority Of 13-Year-Old Girls Have | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Body image issues among young teenagers are widespread, a U.K.-based study showed. Two in three 13-year-old girls are afraid of gaining weight, and...

Quit Body Bashing (We Mean It)

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Danah Atassi, Hinsdale C...

My Big Problem With The Fashion Industry

Alexa Curtis | Posted 10.01.2013 | Teen
Alexa Curtis

Fashion is not an easy industry. Competitive, cut-throat and nonstop? Yes, yes and yes. Whether it be modeling, blogging, social media, magazines, sales... most likely, you're going to be underpaid, overworked, and in way above your head.

What It's Like Living With A Chronic Skin Condition

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 09.23.2013 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

There are some mornings where I just wake up wishing to have evenly tanned skin, no longer dealing with stares or questions about why I have spots on my legs. I'll even admit that I still have the rare temptation to try self-tanner or skin makeup yet again to try to cover up my splotches.

'Beauty Doesn't Have To Be A Size 0'

Katie Atkinson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Teen
Katie Atkinson

Girls need to start viewing themselves as more than their bodies. Beauty is more than outer appearance, and it's about time women banded together to knock down the image of perfection society has given us.

I Thought This Kind Of Bullying Was 'Normal'

Didi Martinez | Posted 07.16.2013 | Teen
Didi Martinez

Bullying takes many forms and this is just one of them. By promoting body peace and acceptance, we are promoting an end to one of the worst and sly forms of bullying among us today.

In Defense of the Skinny Girl

Ruby Love | Posted 05.21.2013 | Teen
Ruby Love

The human body has no mold; it has no set size or shape or proportion. Beauty does not have a set of criteria and normal does not exist. Whether you are 6'2" or 5'3," whether you weigh 200 pounds or 95 -- you are human and I bet you're beautiful.

Who Owns My Body?

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 05.11.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I've felt like the white rag on a tug-of-war rope. My body will never fit the spicy image of a Hispanic Amazon; it will never be naturally slim and naturally curvaceous. It will just be. It is my body. And I'm glad.

'Why I'm Okay With Calling Myself Fat'

Heidi Loscar | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Heidi Loscar

Your body is wonderful, and no matter how much you may weigh, that will never change. Beauty doesn't have a weight limit. Neither should you.

Seventeen's Shocking New Collaboration

Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.03.2013 | Women

What does a reality TV show following obese teenagers' weight loss struggles have in common with a female-focused teen magazine that recently launched...

Girl Hate: An Introduction

Carmin Chappell | Posted 12.16.2012 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

"Look pretty fast!" was plastered on top of the page. Underneath were various makeup tutorials that took five, 10 and 15 minutes. I have nothing against lipstick and blush, but why did I have to paint on a new face to feel good about myself?

I'm Dropping the Photoshop and Pledging to Show the REAL Me

Mary Streech | Posted 10.11.2012 | Teen
Mary Streech

My senior picture looks like me, not like a digital reconstruction of me. The sole purpose of photos is for documentation, and when looking back, I want to be able to remember how I looked at the time -- not how the computer thought I should look.

Helping Your Teen With Eating and Body Image

Andrea Wachter | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

Many young girls struggle with food and weight issues and too many young girls develop full-blown eating disorders. Here are some tips for you:

A Mother's Plea: Shut The 'Hunger Blogs', They Are Killing Our Children

Harriet Brown | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Harriet Brown

If my older daughter had never developed anorexia, I might be more sympathetic to the notion that thinspo is a genuine form of self-expression. That it's every girl's right to want to be skinny.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

We need to encourage our older teenage girls to see our younger girls for what they themselves once were -- on the precipice between self-acceptance and self-loathing, needing the encouragement of the older girls they so admire and respect.

Teen Toxing?

Katherine Schwarzenegger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Katherine Schwarzenegger

Teens getting botox to change their "too gummy" smiles? Or teens using botox to change the shape of their face and jaw structure? Seriously?!?