York, PA (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Many American teenagers struggle with increasing waistlines. In an effort to better understand how teenagers feel about their body image, StageofLife.com, a blogging community for teens and college students, asked young adults to participate in its national teen body image survey and “Be the Change” writing contest.
Teen statistics uncovered during the body image survey include:
--20% of teens are either "rarely" or "never" happy with their body image
--65% of teens are afraid of gaining weight
--44% of teens skip meals as a tactic to losing or controlling weight
--31% of teens have at least one body part on which they would like to get surgery
--56% of teens feel that the media's advertisements are the main cause of low self-esteem
The survey topic was inspired by high school senior, Virginia Lafontant, from Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School in Miami, Florida, who is completing a community service project based on how the media affects youth's perception of their body image. She started teaching elementary students about media literacy and helping pre-teen girls in her community have a healthier body image.
“If one student is inspired to make a change in their life or treat someone differently because of learning about Virginia's project, then we've succeeded,” said Eric Thiegs, CEO of StageofLife.com
“Thankfully,” he added, “More than one student was indeed inspired.”
Over 4,000 students visited StageofLife.com during the body image project partnership, hundreds answered the teen survey, and over 100 submitted a personal essay to StageofLife.com answering the call to share a personal story about how they plan to positively change the world in 2013.
The 1st place essay, From Obesity to Self-Destruction; It Has to Change, was submitted by a high school student who shared her personal story of being overweight and bullied.
All of the teens' essays and body image statistics can be found at http://www.stageoflife.com/TeensandBodyImage.aspx
StageofLife.com's current national writing contest is asking people from all stages of life to answer the question, “Where do we go after Newtown?” Teens are currently sharing their viewpoints on gun rights vs. gun control and other related post-Newtown issues. Essays are due by midnight EST January 31st.
Visit Stageoflife.com to take the new national survey and submit an essay.
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StageofLife.com is a privately held company founded in 2009 with a literacy mission to encourage life-long readers and writers through its blogging community designed for all generations, from teens to Baby Boomers.
With over a quarter of a million teen and teacher visitors each year, 5+ million uploaded words, and thousands of submitted essays, it is becoming the world's largest collection of multi-generational stories. The site features free lesson plans, and other educational resources ranging from writing contests, free blog resources, goal setting worksheets, writing prompts, statistics, and more.
You can reach StageofLife.com by contacting Founder and CEO, Eric Thiegs, via email at contact(at)stageoflife(dot)com.