How Does Anorexia Affect Society

Many young girls and women are affected by eating disorders worldwide. They either starve themselves to look like the models and celebrities they see on television or binge eat right before they make themselves throw up to rid all the food. Many people have different opinions and beliefs on how eating disorders develop. Some individuals believe that biological factors play a role in contributing to this horrible disease. Society influences young females to feel pressured to live up to the ideal body image that is portrayed throughout the media and their social setting. Society plays a key role in bringing about these pressures. In today’s society, physical appearance determines a woman’s beauty and that includes the size of her body. …show more content…
I came across an article on CQ Researcher called “Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture” by Susan Bordo. The article mentions how one out of 200 to 250 girls between the ages of thirteen to twenty-two suffered from anorexia in the year in 1984. Also, twelve to thirty-three percent of female college students control their weight by taking laxatives or vomiting. The article also mentioned how 500 people were asked what they feared most in the world and 190 of those people replied “getting fat”. One out of every five percent of young girls and women are found to be anorexic now a days. So is Hollywood’s perfect ideal image playing a key role in the causation of eating disorders? Many celebrities and models with skinny and petite bodies are seen all over various magazines and appear on television. They give interviews and exclusives on how they maintain their “sexy and perfect” bodies. Many people often forget that those “perfect” women they see on media are often airbrushed and photo shopped but the young girls and women do not know that fact and create horrible eating habits to help them achieve that certain look. Decreasing the importance of celebrities and models in the media would definitely help lower the percentage of eating disorders that are occurring but that will never happen since our society revolves around the media …show more content…
It was written by C, Ferguson, M. Munoz, S. Contreras, and K. Velasquez. They performed this study to exam all the factors that can potentially play a role in body dissatisfaction, however television was not one of them and mentions that it does not contribute to eating disorders. I definitely disagree with that statement. Television and media play a huge role in the causation of eating disorders because they talk about unrealistic appearances and the bodies of many celebrities and models. There are television shows such as America’s Next Top Model, House of Style, Gossip Girl and many more that display women that are skinny, lean and tall. Because of that, many young girls consider those women to be beautiful and want to strive for the same image. There are also shows, such as E News, that gossip and criticize the bodies of Hollywood celebrities. Jennifer Lawrence, who is a Hollywood actress, said “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman…” In the song “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears, she sang “I’m Mrs. Extra! Extra! This just in. I’m Mrs. She’s too big now she’s too thin…” Jennifer and Britney both realize how judgmental Hollywood is and how media is always criticizing famous individuals like themselves. Television has a great effect on young girls and plays a key factor in the

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