Study Connects Body Shaming Teen Girls With Increased Alcohol & Drug Use


by Katherine Speller

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Living in a human body (especially as a woman/femme person) can be a fraught experience. For teen girls, navigating interpersonal relationships, puberty and the ever-present pressures to try and have bodies that look a certain way can understandably have lasting effects on their self-image, the ways they treat others. A new study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that there is a link between teens being bullied about their weight and bodies and the likelihood that they’ll use and abuse alcohol and marijuana.

While we’ve seen a renaissance in body positivity in recent years and a strong showing of women and girls fighting back against the expectations that they prioritize…click here to continue reading