Melissa is a 15-year old from Rochester, NY. She enjoys volunteering and singing. Her favorite subject is English language arts because she wants to be a journalist. Melissa is one of our teen writers and also has her own fabulous advice site for teen girls at: http://girlslife143.webs.com, see more advice for girls at her site!
It seems that lately teenage girl’s are overly concerned with weight gain. The image that girls have of what they’re supposed to be has changed over time, going from healthy weights to stick thin. As it is good to watch your weight, it also can be a problem that goes too far.
Many girls think being skinny is considered healthy, when in reality that is far from the truth. According to http://www.eatingdisordersonline.com/nutritional/fats.php “we need the right amount of fat for our body to be able to perform a variety of activities, such as providing energy.”
The ultimate goal is really to be healthy, but too many teen girls are unaware of what being healthy really means. It is not to look thin, but rather having a balance. Getting the proper physical activity is important, and exercising an hour a day for 5 days a week is the perfect amount.
Some girls are athletic and may exhibit more exercise through their sport. Unfortunately, several teens are unaware that their calorie intake should increase depending on the amount of exercise you get. For example, running cross country requires vigorous training, so you need to get enough energy by eating more. But, this concept is ignored in a determined girls mind, and she will continue to eat small amounts of food each day.
Another problem is that practically every girl compares herself to others. More specifically, comparing weight. Seeing more and more celebrities and teens looking thinner, it is no wonder that many think that is the way to be. We need to understand that we don’t have to look that way, and it’s extremely unhealthy.
It is important that we accept ourselves the way we are, and learn to love our bodies. If you look at your lifestyle and think you might need some healthier changes, go for it! But going to extremes to change your body will only negatively affect you. Nobody’s perfect, and striving for something unrealistic is only a waste of time. Focus on the positives of yourself, and don’t limit yourself to just looks. In the end, you’ll be much happier that you did.