Eating Disorders : A Society That Profits From Your Self Doubt

1424 Words Dec 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Caroline Caldwell once said “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” A quote that’s powerful, yet more relevant than ever as eating disorders in the United States are on the rise. Research has proven that at least 30 million people nationwide suffer with some form of an eating disorder. (Mascarelli ) Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders are psychological disorders characterized by abnormal eating patterns and habits. The psychological obsession can lead sufferers to believe falsehoods regarding their body image, mainly justifications that cause them to feel that disordered eating is beneficiary. Cases of this dangerous epidemic have been around as early as 1684, with the disease being formally termed “Anorexia Hysterica” (later changed to Anorexia Nervosa) by Dr. William Gull in 1873. Keeping this information in mind, it comes as no surprise that in our modern culture obsessed with dieting and food, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased at an alarming rate.
From an early age, young women and men in our society subject to unrealistic body standards. Our county is so ingrained with an “ideal” body image, that it has become nearly impossible to walk into a store without seeing “How to lose 10 lbs fast in 2 weeks” plastered on magazines or books. These kinds of messages are what cause people to turn to eating disorders. The very instant an individual develops these disorders,…

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