For these reasons, the connection between media and body image is very important because low body image will lead to eating disorders and potentially death. Many women are very sensitive about the way they look, which makes them depend on media products more. The media culture sends mixed messages about what is sexy, which causes women to face similar unrealistic expectations when exposed to media images. Some mes... ... middle of paper ... ...hat is unrealistic and unattainable for a majority of women in society. Models shown in all forms of popular media are often under what is considered healthy body weight, which sends a powerful message that women must sacrifice their health to be considered attractive by societal standards.
Therefore they strive to improve their figure to meet societies standards. However, the standards that society has set (for example, supermodel Kate Moss) are out of reach for most women. Often times, teenage girls compare their body size to those of popular actresses and supermodels such as Jennifer Aniston and Elizabeth Hurley. With examples such as these, is society sending out the wrong message? Vast amounts of people consider these women too thin.
Thin women are timid to turn into this other that is not widely accepted. To this extent, society and our culture have constructed a monster. Every thin female will admit at least one time in their lives they have been concerned about “getting fat” or “gaining extra weight”. When a thin female detects this, they are apprehensive one is becoming the monstrous other that is the larger female. As mentioned above, the thin female is what society and our culture commends as the definition of beautiful.
I have been researching this issue and realized that it is causing an increase of eating disorders and low self-esteem in young woman. The unattainable ideal body image created by advertisements, should be changed in order for young women to be content with their appearance. Everyday all over the world young women is skipping a meal, maybe two or even starving themselves the whole day, because of the unattainable ideal body image the beauty industry have created.This is an issue to the world because the because is sending a negative message to women all over the world. This message makes women feel guilty about themselves. “Woman are deemed below the beauty standard and then made to feel guilty so that they purchase beauty products.” (Nicolosi and Sarvani) If this issue is not solved it will increase, and the ideal body image will keep on getting less attainable for the average woman.
Overuse of laxatives can cause stomach upset and other digestive troubles. Other dangers are dehydration, loss of potassium, and tearing of the esophagus. These eating disorders also occur in men and older women, but much less frequently. Women with diabetes, who have a high rate of bulimia, often lose weight after an eating binge by reducing their dose of insulin. According to recent research, this practice damages eye tissue and raises the risk of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.
Thus, one of the most serious problems is that female nature is not what society says it should be. Some researchers theorize that anorexia is a young woman's way of canceling puberty. Since they lack body fat, anorexics don't get their periods and often lose their sexual characteristics such as public hair. They remain, in other words, little girls. There is also the complex issue of women feeling that by having an eating disorder they are finally in control of something in their life.
They may find themselves imperfect and would consider the need of having those treatments. In fact, being thin is beautiful is partly correct only. It cannot apply to all females... ... middle of paper ... ... about the practical and useful ways to lose weight rather than believing all the words mentioned in advertisements. In short, the weight loss advertising has definitely caused several adverse effects that most women are already misled by the advertisements that being thin is equal to beauty. In order to redeem this undesirable situation, Government must take the initiative in educating people about the useful means of losing weight and what is real beauty.
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).
Someone who suffers from these peptic ulcers will experience vomiting of blood, abdominal, and even chest pains. Eating and drinking can cause these symptoms to become more pa... ... middle of paper ... ...mine did suffer from bulimia and was able to over come it. It was interesting to learn more about it in order to understand the feelings that she may have felt which caused her to want to start binge eating and then purging. On the other hand it was also interesting to learn about the effects that her behavior will have on her for the rest of her life. When young girls start purging after eating, they often don’t realize the long-term effects that their actions will have on them.
These eating disorders are usually brought on because a girl is unsatisfied with her own body image. Oftentimes she feels out of control, and restricting her intake of food is one way to regain control. The patient has a sense of power over food, and this makes her feel more secure about everything else going on in her life. Many times, girls with low self-esteem are the victims of eating disorders because they often seek approval from their peers. By being thinner, they believe that they will become more desirable.