Stay Above the Influence
Topic: Above the Influence
STAYING ABOVE THE INFLUENCE
Accept Yourself, No One's Perfect
These days you can hardly turn a few pages in a magazine or sit through a movie without getting flooded with images of the “perfect” guy or girl. It’s a bit unrealistic to think that life is truly like that. Sometimes girls wrongly believe that being super skinny will make them more appealing. For guys, it may be about looking bigger or stronger. Look around – there are all kinds of people in the world. And nearly everyone has something about themselves they don’t really like. So Body image is your own idea of what your body looks like. And how you feel about yourself has a lot to do with how you see yourself and your body.love what you’ve got.
If you want to make changes to your weight or strength, then by all means go for it – but do it safely and keep your overall health in mind. Taking steroids, diet pills, or abusing diuretics or laxatives are all very risky and after extended use, can really hurt your body and cause some long-term damage. Eating disorders (like Anorexia involves extreme weight loss. The individual believes she is overweight, even as she becomes much too thin to be healthy. In some cases, anorexia nervosa can lead to death. Anorexia or Bulimia: This disorder involves periods of overeating followed by purging (throwing up), using laxatives or excessive exercising. This behavior is often called "bingeing and purging."Bulimia), drug use and cutting are also extremely dangerous to your body and your mind.
Not to sound like one of those outdated health class videos but… Find some comfort in knowing that everyone feels a bit weird about their bodies during high school. Sometimes you probably think, “If I could just change my (fill in the blank), my life would be so much better.” Well, it’s not that easy. Real happiness doesn’t come from the size of your jeans. It comes from personal strength, self-respect and knowing yourself.