In most cases, the media is either some or all to blame for the eating disorder and standards placed for women. Commercials, billboards, women's magazine ads, etc. are all forms of the media that portray negative images of women. When the women in today's society sees what is being advertised (which happens hundreds, if not thousands of times a day) it is not so shocking that many of them strive for these impossible body images. It is when the want and desire becomes so strong that these women drive themselves to starvation and other forms of eating disorders.
When we think of eating disorders, anorexia is the most common one we think of, starvation to the point of being literal skin and bones, but this is not the only eating disorder. How does one get to the point of an Eating Disorder? There are many causes of eating disorders, but what is really to blame? Men are not excused from these disorders, although they are definitely more common in women. There have been many discussions over what triggers young girls and women to put themselves in this predicament, weather media and social stand points are to blame or weather its merely just a mental and physical disease.
The extremes that women and young girls place on themselves and their bodies to attain perfection can cause massive s... ... middle of paper ... ...y women and adolescents as they go to tremendous lengths to achieve what the media has defined as beautiful. Though neurobiology, genetics, personality traits, and personal environment may play a role on bodily dissatisfaction and eating disorders, the influence of the media's depiction of perfection has only intensified this growing epidemic. The media, and the distorted images they parade, is causing women and adolescents to become dissatisfied with their bodies, but by educating ourselves and others, we can eliminate bodily dissatisfaction caused by the media. As well as educating ourselves, we should demand the ideals of perfection in mass media to be attainable and naturally beautiful; not digitally altered. We should be able to communicate, effectively, the false conceptions of beauty that the media portrays, thereby igniting feelings of bodily satisfaction.
What is the perfect body type? Throughout our adolescence ages into the adult hood stage many of young women struggle to answer this question. Our idea of what the perfect body type is ever changing however it is always influenced by the Medias perception of what the perfect body image should look like. We all idolize these images we see on television and in magazines and some of us would do anything to look just like them. 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.
Throughout the years, social media has subtly, stirred, and stimulated the growth of insecurity among young women. In the years of 1995 through 2005, eating disorders doubled for both sexes. Now the people have an exceedingly altered expectation for the figure of females today. Today society contributes to eating disorders by promoting unhealthy lifestyles and setting unrealistic goals which lead to psychological traumas for many young women and girls today. Psychological traumas lead girls to make unhealthy choices such as binge eating, anorexia, or purging.
The TV and Film Industry’s Portrayal of Women has drastically affected many of their lives, much too often women compare themselves to the female images they see on television, film, and advertisings; at both the conscious and subconscious level, these media images of women lower self-esteem and affect behavior at every age and stage of life. We know they are unrealistic, yet they apply so much pressure on women to conform, and influence how we live, love, work and play. This gender role that society has generally considered appropriate for women is wrong. It makes so many of us women want to buy materials we don’t need, with the money we don’t have only to impress people we don’t know. So many teenage girls are unwarily developing eating disorders and dieting without realizing that they don’t need to live up to the ridiculous standards that society has set for us.
The advertising industry has caused a dramatic increase in eating disorders among young males and females as a result of the unrealistic and unobtainable body images they portray in their advertisements. “Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you are so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else” (MAYO Clinic). Eating disorders can be serious and life treating, the treatment and diagnosis of anorexia and bulimia nervosa vary in the cause and effect on the development of the disorder. Eating disorders are mainly used to help control feelings and emotions that can be overwhelming. People with eating disorders use food to cope and control their life, which can be life threating and damage a patient’s life physically and emotionally.
Eating disorders are not only a mental illness but also a physical illness that can lead to death and starvation. Eating disorder are triggered from social media, body shaming, and physiological disorders especially targeting the adolescent age group that are experience many physical and chemical changes in their body’s. Each and every day people are judged for their appearance, how they dress, what there eating, what their favorite songs on the radio. We live in a world where the media is so prevalent especially now wher... ... middle of paper ... ...isorders are a real thing and they only have a negative impact on your body. These disorders can all be treated my medical professional with the aide of phycologists.
Many people hope for the “perfect” body, the one they see in all the magazines. When dieting and exercise do not give these people the results they want, many times these individuals turn to eating disorders. In the United States eating disorders have become a reoccurring problem. Anorexia and bulimia make up the two most common eating disorders among all age groups. Anorexia and bulimia threaten the lives of many people in the United States.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest causal factors is the social pressure inserted on the victims who are usually women. Besides, modern society's obsession with physical image and certain biological factors also contributes to this issue. Many begin developing an eating disorder at the age ten. According to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (as cited in freedieting, 2008), 86% reported having eating disorder by age 20, 43% between ages 16-20, and 33% between age 11-15. 47% of girls in 5th to 12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures... ... middle of paper ... ...identifiable progression and predictable symptoms.