Do you think children suffer from low self esteem due to images in media?

@kiran1978 (4138)
Australia
February 23, 2008 9:41am CST
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the effects of beautiful, slim clebrities in magazines on children's self esteem? I just read in a magazine that this woman's daughter, aged 9 years old suffers from low self esteem and she thinks she is fat and has bad hair and ugly feet. I was wondering where you think this self esteem issue stems from? I think it has alot to do with how woman are portrayed today. Young girls are led to think that to be sexy you need to be a size 6 or 8 and have big boobs and beautiful hair. It is pretty sad, how some young girls are becoming anorexic and bulemic because of it.
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@littleowl (7157)
24 Feb 08
hi kiran i haven't heard that this happens to children that young but teenagers i know it affects as they do seem to think that being skinny and feeling their bones is sexy -its a crying shame that now the stars have the effect they do on teenagers and women alike as when you look back at marilyn monroe and jane mansfield etc were size 16 and people in those days-it is nice to have a bit of 'meat' on you there are more pros than being skinny and just be able to feel bones-your friend littleowl
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@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
24 Feb 08
Hi littleowl, it is a shame that so many teenagers are worried about being really skinny. It would be good if the media would start putting more women like Marilyn Monroe in their magazines. Then girls would not feel so much pressure at a young age. Thanks for your response.
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• United States
11 Mar 08
I'm dealing with this same issue. My daughter is 8 and is always a fav in her class. Tall blue eyed and blond hair but she's started this spiral of self depreciating behaviors. She's writing in her notebooks in school how ugly or stupid she is. She's now moody and very emotional. I don't know what happened to my happy little girl and it scares me. Where's it coming from?!?
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
12 May 08
I think the media tends to put too much pressure on kids, girls especially, to look like the models. When they can't reach that goal it makes them feel like failures or like less than desirable ppl. I really think the media needs to encourage kids to look more like normal kids then young supermodels. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@magnet (2089)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I don't think so.I think that children can get low self esteem from their peers saying hurtful things to lower their self esteem. Also I think that perhaps they may suffer from low self esteem because they did not have any adult to tell them great things, to make them feel good about themselves.Everyday I say something positive to my children. I tell my 2 year old daughter and my 5 year old son everyday that she is beautiful,handsome,smart,intelligent,worthy. I also tell my son that whenever anyone say something hateful such as I don't like your this or your that to tell them well I like it and I really don't care what you say. If a child with low self esteem tries to tear another child down by saying negative things, they will try to tear another child down. That's why everyday I say something positive to my children to make them feel good about themselves and make them feel like they are something special. That way whenever they face hateful children it will not face them because they know that they are all that.
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