What pressures do you feel?

We challenged staff and students to be open regarding their body image. Here’s what they said:

Maggie Cody, Head Photo/Art Editor, Focus Editor

Body image refers to the way we perceive our bodies and the way we assume others perceive us. It isn’t inherent, but learned. Family and friends reinforce what is taught culturally. Teenagers are especially influenced by advertisements, pop culture and social media, among other factors. Research shows that 52 percent of teens feel that the media pressures them to change their body in some way.