Eating Disorders: Disease or Choice? Essay

2958 Words Dec 5th, 2013 12 Pages

Barbie is known as one of the most common toys that young girls play with in their adolescent years. These growing girls, look up to Barbie and see her has a role model of perfection. Barbie has a perfect mansion, car, clothes, boyfriend, job and life overall. But most of all, she has the “perfect” body. This is the woman that most girls desire to be like when they grow up. They want to be perfect, just like Barbie. This desire for perfection is one of the main causes of eating disorders for both men and women around the world. While there are many different organizations and treatment establishments, the aid required in overcoming an eating disorder is very expensive. Many insurance companies
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There are many organizations that dedicate themselves to aiding those with eating disorders and to further the awareness of eating disorders around the nation. The National Eating Disorder Association is the most well-known non-profit eating disorder awareness organization in the United States (“Factors” 1). The 2013 Eating Disorder Awareness Week was February 24 through March 2 (“Factors” 1). The aim of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders and body image issues and to encourage intervention and early treatment (“Factors” 1).
The younger a person is, the more easily he or she is influenced by society and the media, therefore, about one in 100 adolescent girls has been found to have an eating disorder (“Eating” 1). In one survey done by Seventeen Magazine in 2011, the number one wish of girls aged 11–17 who were given three magic wishes was “to lose weight and keep it off” (Katz 1). As people get older, the desire for perfection and to be like everyone else becomes greater. It was found that 91% of college-aged women report having been on at least one diet. 70% of college-aged men report being unhappy with their body image—with 32% of all college men stating that they have been on one or more diets (Davidson 690). Other studies show similar percentages in older children and young adults, which help to support the theory that young people are very concerned with body image—a body

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