Dissatisfaction of body image is typical in adolescents. But this is common among teenagers because their body is going through some changes that will take time to accept. There are different body shapes and types, and sometime being too skinny is not attractive. American girls might try different type of diets to help them maintain their skinny form but there are some girls that will take extreme measure to stay skinny. Nowadays, being skinny and tall is society’s idea of beauty. Everywhere we turn, there are always ads that influence the idea that being skinny is beautiful. Poor body image and eating disorders are more common in girls who are going through puberty than guys.
According to Steinberg, only one-fourth of American teenagers are satisfied with their body image. That leaves the seventy-five percentages of teenagers who have unhealthy attitudes toward eating and their body image (2011). Mass media has promoted that “thin is beautiful,” -this is the ideal body type that girls should strive for -which many teenage girls respond negatively too. More than half of American teenage girls think that they are overweight when they really are not and this leads them to bad eating habits. Disordered eating is referring to the unhealthy eating habits and attitudes. Bulimia and anorexia are the two eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is the more sever disorder where teenage girls would starve themselves to stay skinny and keep their weight down.
Anorexia nervosa is the eating disorder where girls would not eat at all in order to stay skinny. According to Steinberg, some anorexics would lose 25% to 50% of their body weight. Research has reported that more than half of teenage girls would prefer to be thinner than they are, and more...
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...pression than the normal control group. In the sad clip, everyone responded to the clip but the anorexia nervosa group showed significantly less negative expression than the normal and looked away from the clip more often then the recovering anorexia nervosa group and the healthy group. Their results confirmed that females with anorexia nervosa reported less positive emotion than the other two groups.
Wildes, Ringham, and Marcus was curious to see how anorexia nervosa plays a role in depression and emotional avoidance. They believed that that depression and anxiety symptoms is associated with increased levels of emotion avoidance in patients with AN.
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