The lovely motivation to be healthy turned into a ton of young girls starving themselves and dying just to be skinny (Zoltan). Young women have found urges to take on eating disorders, which caused the level of women with eating disorders to rise. The eating disorders gained new attention in 1970 after not being around with many women since (Zoltan). These disorders are life threatening and if they aren’t eliminated the death rate of those who have the disorder will continue to escalate. These disorders aren’t just something a few people have in fact, sixty-five percent of women in a survey in 2008 confirmed to have disordered eating (Zoltan).
It is when the want and desire becomes so strong that these women drive themselves to starvation and other forms of eating disorders. In order to realize the effect that advertising is having on girls and women in society today, it is important for people to know the facts and statistics that are current about eating disorders. Eight million girls and women are affected with eating disorders (Wilson and Blackhurst 111). Among college-aged women, bulimia affects nearly one in every five (Wilson and Blackhurst 1... ... middle of paper ... ...than the media. It is important, though, to recognize the kind of effect media and advertising has on women.
If you have bulimia nervosa, you eat large amounts very quickly, and then you purge. Lastly, binge eating is where you feel out of control and you eat, and eat, and eat, and you cannot stop. Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems and can be life-threatening. Although eating disorders usually affect women, binge-eating disorders affect just as many men as women (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eating-disorders/basics/definition/con-20033575). What Causes Eating Disorders?
For example, eight million people in the United States suffer from eating disorders ("The Secret Language of Eating Disorders," 1). Furthermore, 3% of all young women suffer from anorexia and 3-4% suffer from bulimia ("The Secret Language of Eating Disorders," 1). This proves that many women and teenage girls are affected because many are afraid of becoming fat and "unacceptable" to society’s view on women in general. In addition, 1% of boys and young men suffer from eating disorders, and their cases are becoming more common ("The Secret Language of Eating Disorders," 1). Also, it is a disorder that crosses racial and economical lines, those who succumb to compulsive starving or binge eating are males (Lang, 1).
Also the victim may be preoccupation about food, calories, fat grams, dieting, and even your weight. When you are self starving yourself there are health consequences like your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to function right so therefore you're destroying your body slowly (Renner , J. 2001). A second kind of disorder is Bulimia Nervosa, which is where you consume a large amount of food and vomit it back up. The statics for this disorder is that 80% of women are affect and these w... ... middle of paper ... ...r feelings that may seem overwhelming.
There are many different kinds of eating disorders, from bulimia to anorexia to diet pill abuse to laxative abuse and many more (Otil,103). But the most common that we know of are bulimia and anorexia. Bulimia is a disease when a person eats a lot of food in a short amount of time (called bingeing) and then tries to prevent weight gain by purging. Anorexia is when you starve yourself in fear of gaining weight. As Richard Carey (1997) says in his article, an estimated in 1995 that 20% of college age women and 10% of adult women have suffered from eating disorders.
"I can't believe my nine year-old thinks she's fat." "I feel huge"" (Pratt, par. 1). These are what some people may say when they have a eating disorder or when they are not comfortable in there own skin because of this sickness. These eating disorders can be, but are not limited to, Anorexia Nervosa, when a person tries to avoid eating, Bulimia, when a person eats a lot and then goes and vomits, and binge eating is when a person can not get enough food.
Millions of American women struggle with eating disorders. An eating disorder is a disturbance in eating behavior. Most people associate eating disorders with anorexia nervosa, "active self-starvation or sustained loss of appetite that has psychological origins" (Coon 133), or bulimia nervosa, "excessive eating (gorging) usually followed by self-induced vomiting and/ or taking laxatives (Coon 411). They need to purge their bodies of calories in any way possible, so they may also use diuretics or even exercise compulsively. Their body images are severely distorted.
Eating disorders are more common among females. At least three percent of women have some type of an eating disorder (Alters & Schiff, 2003, p.36). Eating disorders are classified as persistent, abnormal eating patterns that can threaten a person?s health and well being. There are three major types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and compulsive overeating. When an individual refuses to eat enough food to maintain a healthy body weight, he or she is dealing with a serious illness known as anorexia nervosa.
What I didn’t know is that it has a 20% percent death rate and that is high!!! I know it’s a disease that many people battle; by the millions, but to the point of so many deaths. Resources 1)LIRN – go.galeogroup Eating Disorders 101 2)Natenshon, A. MA, LCSW, GCFP(2012) Battling an Eating Disorder: When Bulimia Becomes a True American Idol Sized Problem 3)Johnson et al. (1984) Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 13