Eating Disorders And Social Media

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Imagine being put on an underdeveloped, uncivilized island where there is no television, no Internet, and no link to the outside world. All of the information obtained is through the people in the small, island community. The idea of “perfect” and “beautiful” does not play a factor in the minds of the young people through any social media and is collected through firsthand experiences. This was actually the setting for a study done in May of 1999. The idea of “beauty” on the island of Fiji was round, plump, and soft. After 38 months of exposure to television shows, like Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, and 90210, young Fijian girls showed serious signs of eating disorders (“Eating Disorders Have Multiple Complex Causes” 99). An eating disorder …show more content…
The two most commonly discussed eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (starving oneself) and bulimia (process of binging and purging). They control one’s life and encourage an unhealthy mindset that can trouble them for the rest of their lives. Six percent of people with eating disorders will eventually die from the disease (Depowski and Hart 153). The mortality rate associated with anorexia specifically is twelve times higher than the death rate of other causes of death for females between the age of fifteen and twenty-four years old (Rankman 149). Eating disorders have become a serious and fatal issue among many young women and in some cases, men. Key ideas of anorexics and bulimics are strength, will, achievement, and fulfillment; eating disorders portray a means of achieving perfection and forming an elite group of people who have successfully “mastered” or “governed” their bodies (Taylor 139). Most of the people more susceptible to eating disorders are young girls because they are vulnerable to the ideas and opinions around them and are easily swayed to gain popularity and self-assurance. With the media gaining more popularity among the United States population, many young girls are falling victim to these deadly disorders and the opinions expressed on the Internet, television, and in the fashion

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