When we see models and celebrities on commercials and in movies, we often wish that that was us in that body, because the media has made everyone so obsessed with their own bodies. The media makes young female teenagers feel guilty if they are slightly overweight. Models are beautiful, skinny, they have the right size thighs, hips, and butt. They are models but they are not role models. They are everything teenagers want to be, because of the television they watch and the magazines that they read.
In particular, the once charming Olsen Twins has been in several magazines referring to the drug abuse or the eating disorders that they are battling. Not living up to the standards that the media holds tend to lead our women to be either look down upon or even in some cases fall into a deep depression because they believe they are no longer attractive. Today’s media is controlling our women. Women go to the media to find out what is socially acceptable or what are the next top trends they should abide by. For instance, The Addams Family star Christina Ricci turned into a very skinny figure when she started to battle with anorexia.
Many individuals with bulimia, do not seek help until they reach their thirties or forties. By then, their eating behavior is deeply ingrained and more difficult to change. Medical complications can frequentl... ... middle of paper ... ... again. Family members and friends can call local hospitals or university medical centers to find out about eating disorder clinics and clinicians experienced in treating the illnesses, for the college students, treatment programs may be available in school counseling centers. Family and friends should read as mush as possible about eating disorders, so they can help the person with the illness understand his or her problem.
Losing weight is constantly on her mind. There is a lot of teenagers who think like my co-worker. Many girls develop serious issues with their body image because of the media. During puberty, a lot of girls’ self-esteem goes down. Girls need to focus on what is unique and interesting about them (“How….” 13).
“Today the average model wears a size 2, and in contrast the average woman now wears a size 12.” (Childress). So do you think it is fair to let some teenage girls and sometimes adult women starve themselves to death just to get to their desired model body? Women and teenage girls often regard their bodies as a problem because of the society’s view to females that they have to be “pretty” in order to be worthy. “Studies of teenage girls in the United States have found that they are growing increasingly insecure and negative in their feelings about their appearance, an increase that correlates with low self-esteem.” (Sherrow). Women and teenage girls are risking their health and even their lives because they aren’t satisfied with the way their body looks.
This image forces us to have self esteem issues.These advertisements are damaging both our mental and physical state of being Many young girls who take extreme measures to live up to the Medias perception of the perfect body type are more likely to develop one of the many body image disorders. The average age a girl starts to diet is eight ("Media and Eating Disorders" 1). When a girl becomes obsessed with dieting and looking better, they can easily become anorexic or bulimic. 79% of teenage girls who vomit are dedicated readers of woman's magazines ("Media and Eating Disorders" 2). The Medias standard of perfection puts stress and pressure on young girls to become skinner.
(Stamford, 30) “It can turn into a competition,” Francesca Carrington Birch, 22, says. (Laurance, 1) These graphic websites are the cause of some young women’s eating disorders because they claim that this is okay, and it is not even as harmful as getting a tattoo. The young girls that are being exposed cannot even comprehend how wrong this is because it’s everywhere on the Internet. The fashion, television, and film industries, and the social media ruin self-image of young women, and since the self-image is linked to body weight, they are the direct influence on eating disorders. These industries must realize what they’ve done and start offering size diversity for models and actors, and stop posting “pro-eating disorder” websites on the internet before even more young women’s lives are destroyed before they’ve practically even began.
The majority of runway models are considered to be anorexic. To me, being anorexic does not sound so nice but so many girls aspire to look that that. According to statistics found on the ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) website, 69% of girls in grades 5 to 12 reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. This is crazy because models weight so much less than their ideal weight and if girls are looking up to that, so many girls will be unhealthy and unhappy. Second, the media brainwashes young girls with the wrong definition of sexy.
However, doing that does the opposite by focusing their attention on weight, creating more stress. Girls like teenager, Stacy, a cheerleader, gymnast, and track star (Mascali, The Times Leader 2006) are at high risk because they are not only expected to be thin, but are over stressed about balancing school and extracurricular activities. Family life plays along with stress because of the pressure set on the victim. If they come from an abusive home life, they are prone to anorexia. Marya was introduced to verbal abuse at a very young age.
Diagnostic Criteria per DSM V According to the DSM V, one of the major symptoms of anorexia is low energy intake, which leads to significantly low body weight. Individuals that suffer from this eating disorder have an extreme fear of constantly gaining weight and are unhappy with their bodies and the wa... ... middle of paper ... ...d with anorexia has increased a lot during the last 30 years which is very heavily influenced with the body image that is presented by the media. Bulimia nervosa was first used in 1979 by Russell to describe one of his patients. Later in 1988 Cooper and Fairburn described bulimia as “a profound and distressing loss of control over eating,” and “irresistible cravings for food”. Today these eating disorders are classified by the DSM V, which I mentioned earlier.