We have to be mindful so as to abstain from considering them in oversimplified terms like, "anorexia is simply a request for consideration" or "bulimia is simply an addiction to food." Eating issue emerge from a mixed bag of physical, passionate, social and family issues, all of which need to be tended to for successful prevention and medication (PBS, 2003). Media is usually blamed for this increasing number of eating disorders. But there are many other factors which actually roots to this problem. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest causal factors is the social pressure inserted on the victims who are usually women.
Patently, the main culprit of this phenomenon is the omnipresent weight loss advertisements. The slimming companies use advertising as a tool to inculcate the concept that being thin is equal to beauty into people’ minds. The repetitive weight loss advertisements seem to be successful in conveying the wrong message to every citizen. Some girls who are of tender age may easily be susceptible to the advertisements and participate in the weight loss treatment without a second thought. The weight loss advertising has definitely caused adverse effects on the youngsters and women.
It has become an obsessive, unattainable goal for our young teenage women. These teens find themselves in an endless battle to try and attain figures that are only made possible through cosmetic surgery and a profession that pays you to look a certain way. Many girls who find themselves unhappy with their appearance turn to starvation, which later turns to binge eating, then to self-induced vomiting(Battegay 54). Eating disorders are far more common in the United States than in any other country. While some countries like Russia and Bosnia are struggling to find food, Americans are creating problems by consuming too much of it.
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.
Fat phobia is one of the major causes of anorexia, and 81% of ten year old girls fear becoming fat. A body image complex is very serious mental issue that becoming more and more eminent in society today. The media should not be able to show only one “perfect” view of the female body. Media’s influence effects eating disorders and the ideal body-image negatively, and causes models to harm themselves in the process. Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are very unique and complex mental disorders.
The media builds the idea of distorted body images, creating a belief that beauty is achieved through body weight. America, but women and girls more specifically, is so consumed with having a perfect, skinny body. It is believed that mass media aids in encouraging these thoughts, thoughts of unrealistically thin body ideals, ideals generally unattainable for many females. Standards of thinness are seen in almost every image in the media; these images represent the sociocultural model of attractiveness. When females are constantly exposed to images like this, they are sent a message about how they must appear in order to be judged as attractive.
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. (NEDA-Feeding Hope) Eating disorders can affect all races, classes, and ages, whites are mostly affected from the middle to upper class. Over eight million people suffer from eating disorders, with ninety percent being females. (Burby) Eating disorders can effect just as many males as it does females due to the media. (MAYO Clinic) There are many causes of eating disorders, which are related to the patient’s individual long standing factors.
They are directly connected to pubertal maturation and the increases in body fat that... ... middle of paper ... ...hing else, we need to find compassion and understanding for the victims of eating disorders. While we work on helping these individuals, we must also fight the social forces that objectify and exploit female body image to the disadvantage of not only women, but of all humanity. No one profits if one half of the human race is being held under attack by socially constructed body images that are rooted in morbid intent and infantile fantasy. Bibliography Attie, Ilana and Brooks-Gunn, J. "Development of Eating Problems in Adolescent Girls: A Longitudinal Study," Developmental Psychology, 1989, vol.
Anorexia and bulimia are serious, life threatening eating disorders that affect millions of people every year, however their differences in symptoms, effects, and treatment might surprise you. Eating disorders are complex and devastating, they are so common that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students struggle with one. (“Eating disorder,n.d.”) Anorexia and bulimia are not lifestyle choices, they are serious disorder with possible life threatening consequences. Both eating disorders include extreme attitudes toward weight and food issues. Most people believe they are one in the same although they do have similarities their differences are quite remarkable.
There is also Bulimia Nervosa, which is when a person eats a large amount of food and then binges or purges after to get rid of the food they just put into the body. Lastly there is the Binge eating disorder. This disorder is when a person keeps a secret from everyone of their excessive eating. “Women make up more than 90 percent of people with these eating disorders” (www.4woman.gov 1).“However, young women are most vulnerable, particularly between the ages 15-25 years” (www.edauk.com 1). Women are more likely to be anorexic, because they always see other women with thin bodies and feel pressured to want to be like them.