Eating Disorders And The Island Of Fiji Essay

1700 Words Jun 10th, 2015 7 Pages
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 is a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia). Unfortunately, eating disorders have existed for decades, but have recruited many victims through the age of the media and the image of thin and emaciated women in the fashion industry. The media has a significant impact on teen eating disorders through influences in the fashion industry and the Internet. The causes of eating disorders are a mix of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors (“Eating Disorders Have Multiple Complex Causes” 90). The two most commonly discussed eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (starving oneself) and bulimia (process of binging and purging). They control one’s…

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