With every glossy magazine cover, every network reality show episode, every emerging new pop artist, the average teen’s body image takes a hit. Consider the following statistics from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and USA Today.
Stress is a top cause of health, psychological and relationship troubles. And while stress often is considered an adult issue, the truth is that it affects teenagers, too. In fact, according to the latest Stress in America survey from the Washington, D.C.-based American Psychological Association, more than a quarter of teenagers (27 percent) say they experience extreme stress during the school year, and 34 percent expect their stress will increase in the coming year. Summertime doesn’t mean teens are free and clear – 13 percent of the survey respondents said they also suffer stress over the three-month break.