It Doesn't Solve Your Problems
By Anamika, age 14, Ohio
In our social culture, "fat" is seemingly not acceptable.
Girls (and guys too) are constantly made fun of due to their body shape. It's a definite problem that has websites, books, and even activists speaking out for this very worthy cause.
Of course, the first to blame is the media. The expert makeup artists, skilled stylists, almost magical designers, and precise air-brushers inundate us with those too perfect images.
But is societal media supposed to absorb all the blame for this warped state of mind?
I think that, though the media (and by extension, the celebrities) dangles a wildly distorted body image in front of us, it is also our fault in idealizing this image. Let's face it. A lot of people strive to be thin. A lot of people who aren't "that thin" think that once they are thin, everything in their lives will be so much better.
It's like the only thing that could possibly be messed up about them, as a person, is not being skinny enough. Does this make any sense at all?
Of course, we are more screwed up about things other than our weight! Not only that, but the fact remains that being thin is not going to guarantee an A on our science project, win us a dance trophy, or score the winning goal in a soccer game. Being thin is just that - being thin.
Then again, people will bring up the issue about clothing. Some say that they would like to lose weight so that they can fit into "cuter" clothes. I say that fashion is not about labels or a brand. Fashion is about creativity, and about the way you wear it. If someone is confident enough about herself, she could wear a burlap sack and still look beautiful in it. It really doesn't matter if you can't find that perfect dress in your size. If you are creative and resourceful and confident enough, you'll find something else and transform it into something much better.
So it doesn't really matter what society wants or what society likes. Being yourself is the only way to guarantee originality and guarantee happiness.