Celebrity Youth Identity

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At the outset, celebrities are very powerful in the lives of youth. From the casts of popular reality television shows to normal, celebrities are everywhere in the media and used to sell almost every product out there. Even as there are certainly some positive role models for teens among today’s celebrities, there are also many who provide an unquestionably negative influence. Youth who try to follow these celebrities may fall victim to numerous different issues. (n.a, www.teenzeen.org/, n.year, p.1) .Thus this essay will argue to some extent that there are many serious impacts of celebrity youth icons on youth identity in Fiji and the world today. Therefore it is important for society to address these challenges. Foremost, this essay will…show more content…
Based on a poll, 40% of nine and ten year-olds had tried losing weight and at age thirteen (Body Image and Gender Identity, 2002), 53% of girls were unhappy with their image (National Institute on Media and the Family). Now, this cannot all be responsible on the media, but with celebrities becoming thinner and thinner, much self-confidence is lost and images of television stars or models have been associated to body discontentment (National Institute on Media and the Family). Celebrities need to be worried about their image because of the unpleasant fact that it causes young fans to struggle to be unhealthily thin. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that eating disorders affect more than five million Americans a year, with disorders usually beginning in the youth or as early as eight. (n.a, www.youtube.com/,n.year,…show more content…
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