Influence Of Media On Eating Disorders

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The Media’s Influence on Body Image and Eating Disorders

Today there is a real issue preying on our youth. We live within a culture where the media dictates what we should wear, how we should think, and even narrows down to how we should look, and eat. The media’s circuits have grown exponentially within the last few generations. We now have magazines, television shows, radio shows, and social media influencing the society we live in. Unfortunately the negative ramifications that occur from these outlets have grown to be detrimental. With growing emphasize on looks, body, and image – more and more individuals are suffering from various body image disorders, which is becoming an even greater catalyst for eating disorders - due to body image
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These social cues are very important not because they determine exactly what the person perceives herself to be, but because social cues influence which attribute groups will be most important in that individual’s self-schema. Let’s focus on one aspect of a young woman’s self-schema, her body image. A body image is a mental construction (Bell, 1991), not an objective evaluation. The work on a body image distortions reviewed above suggests that body images can deviate substantially from the person’s objective physical characteristics. Furthermore, this research also suggests that the body image is unstable and responsive to social cues. We will call this elastic body image.” …show more content…
Unrealistic images in the media whether it be television, magazines, or on the internet greatly impact our perception and can lead to eating disorders or body image disorders. A body image is what you believe and feel about your own appearance, whether it is your height, shape, or weight. A negative body image is one where the perception of one’s body is distorted, and one would feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about one’s body.
Stemming from these issues we find more and more women and men suffering from body image disorders, and/or eating disorders. Eating disorders are devastating, potentially life-threatening ailments that have an impact on the health, and lifestyles of those who suffer from these conditions. “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011).”

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