The Media and Eating Disorders It is funny how so many girls and women today are led to believe that the only way to feel attractive and be beautiful is to have their bodies consist of nothing but skin and bones. Women are dieting more today then they have ever been before. They are striving for an unattainable body figure that is portrayed by the media as being the ideal standard for today's women. It gets worse. Not only are women dieting unlike ever before, but they will ruthlessly harm their bodies in order to achieve these inaccessible standards.
For examples there are special hospitals they can stay at until they can get better and start eating again. There are also counselors and therapists who are ready to help whenever you may need it. Anorexia also affects your family and friends. When you have an anorexic problem your friends and family hate to see you starving yourselves and damaging your health. Your family ands friends also hate to see you stressed out and depressed.
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.
Her eating habits so embarrassed her that she kept them secret until, depressed by her mounting problems, she attempted suicide. Fortunately, she didn't succeed. While recuperating in the hospital, she was referred to an eating disorders clinic where she became involved in group therapy. There she received medications to treat the illness and the understanding and help she so desperately needed from others who had the same problem. Family, friends, and physicians may have difficulty detecting bulimia in someone they know.
It starts off with stereotypes of eating disease orders, to how these eating disorders began then develops to how these women are dealing with this problem now. The first three sections go straight to the topic but the last sections goes deeper. I am certain that the author’s purpose for her organization of the book, is to pro... ... middle of paper ... ...eir later years. Even though, this book is interesting is fails to give hope of a better future for other women. Even the women that go to meetings for their eating disorder are often discriminated against.
Young Egyptian females now either starve themselves or eat in an uncontrollable way to simply fill the void. Extreme thinness has become a social and cultural ideal, and women partially define themselves by how physically attractive they are. The problem is not only that beauty pressures lead to eating disorders, but also the reckless way our country and culture handles the problem. As a teenager, I have seen a lot of cases of disordered eating at my school. There is that thin girl who is always on diet and another girl who is always eating for no reason.
Anyone can be affected by an eating disorder. Women are most commonly the people who develop eating disorders; however, men can have an eating disorder as well. Women are usually more affected than men because they are generally more emotional. Women are more susceptible to anxiety and depression than men are ("Eating Disorders: MedlinePlus”). A woman named Frannie stated in Elizabeth Hampshire’s book, “You don’t have to live like that.
Society has ruined the way that people think, everyone now believes that you can not be remembered if they are not skinny and gorgeous. In the book Wasted, Marya depends on others to tell her how she should look. There is an unhealthy cycle that the women in Marya’s family follow. Her mother and grandmother both have issues with food and are constantly telling Marya that she needs to lose weight and remind her that she is not perfect. (Hornbacher, 44) “…look, peer, examine, critique.
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.
Today almost every picture is photo shopped and it is impossible to look like girls that have been photo shopped to what society calls “perfect”. I have even seen a video on how an image of a girl on a magazine is made up of four different images of girls to make one “perfect” girl. I feel it is very sad how girls are judged on their bodies. I am hoping to learn about these eating disorders and understand better how to help my family and friends and also how to prevent them. 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.