Three percent of Americans doesn’t seem like that many, but when you look at it with people who have eating disorders it’s shocking. Ever since the thoughts on being thin came around young women couldn’t get enough on the idea. Pulling the horrifying parts of eating disorders out and making them look trendy and glamorous. Something that could’ve been an inspiration to lose weight and be healthy plummeted and made thinness seem like the necessity. The lovely motivation to be healthy turned into a ton of young girls starving themselves and dying just to be skinny (Zoltan).
These girls try to diet, exercise, or even eat less to lose the weight as quickly as they can. The habit of always wanting to lose weight could then lead to an eating disorder. Eating disorders, especially anorexia, are hard to push away. An eating disorder is like a cigarette; both of them are very addictive. According to Janet Bode, “Of those hospitalized for the treatment of anorexia, 38 percent relapse within two years of getting better and have to be hospitalized again” (10).
A recent psychological study revealed an astonishing truth about the media’s powerful impact on female self-esteem: Seventy percent of women feel depressed after looking at a fashion magazine for three minutes (Women’s Health, Taft College). The media’s excessive use of photoshopped models brainwashes females into believing that they must obtain impossible-to-reach beauty standards that lower their self-esteem, and the desire to fulfill such standards can cause potentially life-threatening mental disorders such as depression, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. Thousands of women pick up fashion magazines every day; these magazines are filled with images of thin women with smooth skin, symmetrical facial features, and hourglass figures. Models in magazines weigh twenty three percent less than the average healthy woman (Women’s Health, Taft College). Constant exposure to these photographs creates a new normal, and women often begin to believe that they must look similar to these models.
Did you know 70% of women felt angrier and more depressed following the viewing of fashion model images, In most magazines nowadays there will be a page of 3 or more celebrity's with a before and after picture of either them putting on weight or losing it, Even if the celebrity has put on weight 9/10 occasions they will still be an okay weight, but in the medias eyes it is made out that they ha... ... middle of paper ... ...if the advert is based on a shampoo the actress in it will still be slim. Body image is a big issue that many people have to deal; approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. In my opinion I don't think body image will ever stop being an issue, not everyone will be able to accept what they look, they may accept that they can’t change the way they look but it doesn't mean they won't stop trying, I believe men and women try to achieve this ideal body because they see so many models with this perfect figure when in reality the model doesn't even look like what the image is portraying them to look like, It is as if it is brainwashing us to think we should look like that when the only person we should look like is our self. I believe everyone should try and learn to love the skin they are in.
Sheena was just one of the alarming numbers of young women who become obsessed with the shape and size of their bodies, and suffer harmful, or in this case, fatal effects from eating disorders. At any given time, almost one out of every two women is on some sort of a diet, and this statistic is apparently reflected the revenues of the diet industry, currently a $33 billion a year industry. It should be noted that this estimate does not include profits generated by exercise or workout programs, gyms, health clubs, or cosmetic surgery. A recent national survey in the US reveled that the majority of women, when asked what would make them happiest, choose thinness over all other choices, even such thing as job promotion, romance, prestige and power. In fact, more women feared becoming fat, then feared dying.
1. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that effects both men and women of all ages but most common in women. Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Many women in this day and age are taught by the media that being skinny or tiny in size is the healthy or more wanted body type, because of this women refuse to eat or take other measures to keep their weight extremely low to accomplish this. Many believe that even when they are small in body type that they are still large and see an overweight self in the mirror.
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.
An eating disorder is defined as "a dangerous and intense striving to become thin (Macionis 350). Even though it has been found that "95% of people who suffer anorexia or bulimia are woman, mostly from white, relatively affluent families" (Macionis 350), "the pre-occupation and obsession with food are not limited to women" (Meadow 24). Although some men also deal with eating disorders, most research has been done on women. In 1985, 95% of women felt they were overweight, while only 25% were actually considered medically overweight (Marshall 124). By the age of thirteen approximately 53% of females are unhappy with their bodies, and by the age of eighteen approximately 78% are unhappy (Marshall 124).
That just makes girls want to look like that because every where we turn we see clothes that will only look good on skinny people. This makes teens think their fat and want to lose weight fast and will do whatever they need to do to lose weight, which they would become anorexic. Teens think that if they don’t lose weight that they will be nobody and everybody will make fun of them. "Many anorectics try to be perfect, popular, and thin [ Claypool, Jane p.56]." All girls think their fat even if their skinny and they think if they starve themselves and not eat anything then they will lose weight.
It has populated many college campuses, and it is spreading. Recent studies show that almost 20% of college women suffer from anorexia or bulimia (bulimia is a eating disorder similar to anorexia), and the statistic increases to about 50% when so called "fad" bulimics and anorexics are included (Baker 9). This disease takes ordinary, often very beautiful people and drives them to starvation for no apparent reason whatsoever. They do not even seem to realize the extreme danger that comes with not eating a balanced diet. These young people lose so much weight that it makes them extremely fragile and sometimes causes death.