Children in Beauty Pageants

by Andrew Richar, Mirror Staff

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Beauty pageants for children have been around since the 1960s.  These are completely unnecessary and unhealthy for the child and it is generally the parents who are forcing these on the child.

One of the worst parts about these are the parents making it all about themselves.  

These so-called “parents” feel it is necessary to make a competition out of it.  They try to see who can cake the most makeup on their child.  This basically telling the child that being herself is not good enough.

They don’t give a crap about what the kid wants to do, it’s all about what they want them to be.  This doesn’t give the kid much of childhood.   

Most six, seven, or eight year old girls spend their time playing with friends and recreational sports.  It is just not natural for them constantly prepare for pageants and be put on a stupid TV show such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

These parents use their kids as a gateway to get them famous.  The reality TV shows are not helping with this either, as they just bring more attention to the whole situation for God knows whose entertainment.

According to dosomething.org, 91 percent of women have developed some form of body image issue.  These start to develop in adolescence for most children.

A parent forcing a child into pageants can very easily increase the chance of their developing body image issues.

The parents force a perception on the child which causes them to feel the pressure to look like a certain way throughout their life.

When a child loses in Little League, they can improve their abilities if it is something they want to achieve in.  When a child loses a beauty pageant, it is almost entirely out of their control.  They can’t control the way they look because it is apart of life that you cannot change your appearance.  

Later on, around late middle school and especially high school, some of these children will develop eating disorders thinking they can change the way they look to their liking.  These include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating disorder.

These are very dangerous.  There are many severe side effects to both of these disorders.  They both are very capable of death.

These conditions can be very hard to stop once they have been going on for a while.  People with disorders like these often find relapsing to occur also.

Once a person has a child and decides to raise it, their job is to be a parent.

They don’t have to be the best parent, but it’s just not right to put the child in a situation that will cause them to resent their parents or even themselves.

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