Three percent of Americans doesn’t seem like that many, but when you look at it with people who have eating disorders it’s shocking. Ever since the thoughts on being thin came around young women couldn’t get enough on the idea. Pulling the horrifying parts of eating disorders out and making them look trendy and glamorous. Something that could’ve been an inspiration to lose weight and be healthy plummeted and made thinness seem like the necessity. The lovely motivation to be healthy turned into a ton of young girls starving themselves and dying just to be skinny (Zoltan).
Television If teens are constantly being exposed to television displaying images of beautiful and skinny people, they might think that they must sculpt themselves into fitting that image. According to author K Harrison exposure to fat character television produced dissatisfaction in the bodies of young teens (Harrison, 119-143). When teens become unsatisfied with their looks they may try to resort to unhealthy eating habits to meet their needs. The more exposure a child gets through television media the more vulnerable they are to eating disorders as a result of the weight related topics displayed. The National Institution on Media and Family states that “the commercials aimed at female viewers that ran during the television shows most often watched by icon girls also frequently used beautify as a product appeal (56 percent)”(National Institute on Media and Family,” Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders”).
(2002) also believe “higher weight and overweight teens are more likely to engage in both binge-eating and unhealthy control than normal weight teens. In fact, 20% of overweight girls and 6% of overweight boys report using laxatives, vomiting, and biuret pills” Obviously, teenagers are lost. They try to lose weight quickly, so they become unhealthy. Teens need to know how to diet healthy and effectively. This paper will address four research questions: 1.
The social desirability research in psychology documents our prejudices against the unattractive, particularly the obese, who are the social lepers of our culture” (Pipher 217). “Young women with eating disorders are not at all different from their peers. It’s a matter of degree. Almost all adolescent girls feel fat, worry about their weight, diet and feel guilty when they eat” (Pipher 218). Although both eating disorders are medically dangerous, mentally unhealthy and take a very long time to treat and cure, anorexia nervosa is more glamorous than bulimia because anorexics are thinner than bulimics, and being thin means being beautiful in American culture.
Why would someone want to be a person with almost zero percent fat on his/her body. According to Carrie Arnold and B. Timothy Walsh, “Unfortunately, many people equate their worth with their weight. Typically, however, the fashion models that display this ‘ideal’ thinness are underweight, and promote an unhealthy image for women and men” (39). As I learned in my medical class, some young girls spend their teenage years trying to be as thin as they can. These girls try to diet, exercise, or even eat less to lose the weight as quickly as they can.
Our judgmental eyes could easily spot severe eating disorders like Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa. However, can we pinpoint other less severe disordered eating and understand the calamity of its emotional dangers on people? Disordered eating is mostly common in young girls who are obsessed with weight, calories, diet and size. As young children, most of the girls grow up in a culture where being thin in sexy and being a little chubby or fat is a shame. As girls grow up to become teenagers, this idea is emphasized as they see their favorite female actors and singers with their “perfect” body.
Fashion models are becoming skinnier, while the average American woman is becoming plumper, and yet the malnourished supermodels with waists that you could wrap a child’s arm around are the prime examples of true beauty – according to today’s society via the media. Media, with the tiny models, the slender celebrities, and the idea that skinny is sexy is practically, yet sometimes unintentionally, creating eating disorders in the lives of young, insecure girls that cannot fully comprehend what they are doing to their selves. Social media along with the fashion and film industries are just a few outlets inadvertently encouraging eating disorders. Clacking their six-inch heels down the runway, always having their photograph taken, and appearing to live the elite and glamorous lifestyle are the models of the fashion industry. When super skinny women are chosen to model high fashion designs on the runway and in magazines, adolescents are given the message that this is the ideal body type that they must strive to attain.
This goal is basically impossible, but since a few modals have this gap women strive to obtain it. When the majority of people stand with their feet together their thighs touch. Only a tiny amount of people can stand like that and not have their thighs touch. The spacing between ones legs is based off of genetics (Salter) Even extraordinarily thin people may not have the right body type for this to occur. Experts believe that “exposure to online images of extreme beauty standards and the drive to compare does increase the risk of developing eating disorders (Salter).” Anorexia Nervosa h... ... middle of paper ... ...2012.
Also, “55% of high school girls and 30% of boys report disordered eating symptoms to lose weight” (Healy par. 6). Teenage girls seem to be the biggest group with eating disorder problems, which is not entirely that surprising. Teenage girls are always trying to fit in and get boys to like them. Often combined with low self-esteem, trying to fit in and get boys to notice them, the three could dangerous to teenage girls and their health.
Did you know 70% of women felt angrier and more depressed following the viewing of fashion model images, In most magazines nowadays there will be a page of 3 or more celebrity's with a before and after picture of either them putting on weight or losing it, Even if the celebrity has put on weight 9/10 occasions they will still be an okay weight, but in the medias eyes it is made out that they ha... ... middle of paper ... ...if the advert is based on a shampoo the actress in it will still be slim. Body image is a big issue that many people have to deal; approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. In my opinion I don't think body image will ever stop being an issue, not everyone will be able to accept what they look, they may accept that they can’t change the way they look but it doesn't mean they won't stop trying, I believe men and women try to achieve this ideal body because they see so many models with this perfect figure when in reality the model doesn't even look like what the image is portraying them to look like, It is as if it is brainwashing us to think we should look like that when the only person we should look like is our self. I believe everyone should try and learn to love the skin they are in.