Peer Pressure

  • Peer pressure is when a group of people or one person makes an individual feel uncomfortable.  This then prompts them to make decisions they would not have made otherwise if they did not have this influence
  • When peer pressure influences body image, it can lead to unhealthy eating habits.  This can easily lead to eating disorders.  
  • Peer Pressure and Dieting can lead to 
    • Low Self-Esteem- When a woman or young girl hears a lot about their body image it can lower their self-esteem and make them second guess themselves.  This can lead them to diet to please the people around them
    • Depression- Peer pressure can make a woman feel depressed because she can feel like she failed at dieting and not living up to the standards that others have set for them.
    • Anorexia- This is caused from the fear of being or becoming fat.  
    • Bulimia- Women force themselves to binge-eat and then throw it up in order to prevent weight gain.
    • Poor Body Image- If a woman or young girl feels the peer pressure to lose weight, it may lead to unhealthy dieting methods.  If heard repetitively, girls may feel that there is something wrong with their bodies and find that what others tell them is the truth.  
  • 5 percent of teens suffer from eating disorders
  • 10 percent of teen girls binge eat at least once a week
  • A 2007 study found: 
    • That teens most likely to identify with the burnout group had the worst eating, exercise and weight-control behavior. 
    • The "brains" had the best eating and workout regimens, although they also reported more dieting than other teens. 
    • Jocks and populars didn't always eat healthfully, but were the most likely to get plenty of exercise and to engage in organized physical activities than other groups.
    • Girls who identified with the alternative and burnout peer groups were the most worried about their weight and reported taking more steps than other groups to control it.
  • According to psychologist Eleanor Mackey of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, "Health care providers and school personnel might ask adolescent girls about their peer crowd affiliations in order to help identify adolescents with the highest levels of risky behaviors" 



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