I am a student in a Race and Social Justice in U.S. History class at Davis High School. I am in a research group called body image, where my group members and I search for our peers’ views of their body image. The overall question we were answering was “How does your body image affect different aspects of your life?”
My team passed out surveys to different classes at DHS, and within a couple of days we gathered our data. We noticed many important factors once we had finished our analysis. Our data shows that although 81 percent of students surveyed are satisfied with their physical appearance, 65 percent still have a desire to change their body. We also saw that people of Asian descent wanted to change their physical appearance 16 percent more than whites.
Another important point was that 29 percent of the people surveyed responded that they are bullied within their households. It may be shocking to hear, but it’s true. So many teenagers have such a rough time understanding how to feel different because of our family’s consistent effort to make us into somebody we don’t want to be.
I live in a household of four girls and we all want to change something about our physical appearance, but in my family we don’t say things that would hurt one another. Although students may compare themselves to people in magazines and TV, everyone must realize that they are unique, not different.
Wake up, people! It’s time to stop comparing yourself with others; instead, love being different and remember that you are who you are and words can’t hurt you if you don’t let them.