Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Body-Beautiful Images Pressurise Teenagers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Body-Beautiful Images Pressurise Teenagers

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Alex Anderson, Inez Raj, Georgina Murray and Helen Burton are all adament that society's obsession with weight and waif-like beauties are both unhealthy and dangerous.

The group of 16-year-olds from Walbottle High School say people are expected to be thin and it takes a lot of guts to accept yourself the way you are.

Georgina says: "Everyone wants to be skinny. I'm happy the way I am but you see the pictures in the media and it makes you think you have to be thin."

Alex says: "There's lots of reasons why girls worry about their weight. The problem is that thinness is always linked to being beautiful so, if you're not thin, you think you're not good looking.

"Boys are a big factor as well because boys always seem to want a thin girlfriend."

Growing up is hard enough without the extra pressure on us to lose weight and the general consensus among the Walbottle teenagers is that Hollywood and the media warp our view of what is normal.

"It isn't normal to be anorexically thin and it's not attractive," says Helen. …

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