Saturday, December 10, 2011

Eating Disorders and the Media

    It is evident now that the media can influence the beginning of an eating disorder in some people. This was evident especially in children and adolescents that can be easily lulled into a false image of what the human body should look like.

    A very serious concern is that small little kids as young as 8 years years now contract with anorexia and the media is to blame. The pictures are real thinness and sexual images in the media do influence the minds of children who in turn brought them into eating disorders.

    Early exposure to sexual images encourage young women to see themselves as objects and value themselves how they look rather than a whole person. The shift their values ​​to which side is beautiful and sexually attractive substitute to be an individual with a strong sense of self. These young women must be led to pursue thinness and artificial beauty that they see on the cover of magazines on TV and in newspapers.
    Eating Disorders and the Media

    Very often girls do not have the understanding that what they are pursuing only the unattainable image provided by the media to entertain readers, attract buyers and sell the products they advertise or to send some other frivolous messages to the public.

    So the beginning of eating disorders in young women can very often associated with body dissatisfaction brought by comparing their own body to body image in the media.

    For example, a recent survey revealed that 25% of Australian teenage girls would consider plastic surgery if they could, and 2% had had plastic surgery to change the way they look.

    Another study conducted in 4000 female teenagers' aged 11-18 and found that more than 85% of them are unhappy with their bodies and want to do or have done something about it.

    Botox latest survey reveals that women as young as 17 years of injections of Botox to prevent wrinkles. Breast implants have been done to women as young as 17-20 years.

    All the examples above show that women are very much current thinking that women are far better fake than the real thing, based on images portrayed in the media as the norm.

    To conclude, the media contributes to many developing body dissatisfaction and eating disorders as a result, achieved by promoting a false image of women's bodies. To combat eating disorders is important to educate the masses about the truth of how the media works to sell advertising clients products.

    Young women should be taught about the balance and the truth of what is considered beautiful and what a real woman suppose to look like.

    Even women like Marilyn Monroe are just a short time ago considered the most beautiful woman in the world, will now be classified as a Big Girl by the media.

    Is it any wonder so many young women who fall victim to eating disorders?
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