Media And Media's Role In Eating Disorders

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For Alix, it began in high school when she attempted to please her ruthless coach and become better in figure skating (“Stories of Hope”). For Laura, it was the thin models in the media that caught her eye and go down a dangerous road (“Stories of Hope”). For Patrick, it was to gain control of his life after the continuous disappointments in life (“Male Athlete Speaks Out”). Based on South Carolina Department of Mental Health, about 8 million people throughout America suffer from eating disorders: 7 million being women and 1 million being men ( "Eating Disorder Statistics"). Unfortunately, it is continuing to increase especially in younger individuals. Statistics have shown that 95 % of the eating disorders are seen among individuals between …show more content…
Models and actresses flaunt their weights and explain of their methods to lose weight. As much as media has an influence on eating disorders, there is a question of media’s role in eating disorders. Should media be completely blamed or are there underlying causes that trigger eating disorders?
In the article, “Eating Disorders and the Role of Media”, authors and medical doctors Wendy Spettigue and Katherine Anderson explore the relationship between media and eating disorders. The authors discuss of a research that was done where young women were exposed to several pictures of thin models in fashion magazines. The results showed that some women had poor self-image and emotions after being exposed to these pictures. Seeing the thin models in the magazines caused some women to have negative perceptions of their body while others were not affected (Henderson and Spettigue). In order to have a better understanding of the correlation between media and eating disorders, twenty-five controlled experiments were conducted. With this experiment, the results showed that females were less satisfied with their bodies after seeing the thin models than when they saw normal pictures. The authors also mention how women particularly those with anorexia religiously use beauty and fashion magazines that encourage weight
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In order to conduct this research, the authors performed an oral history of Claire in order to have a deeper understand the underlying cause for her eating disorder. The oral history was a method that the authors use to have a better comprehension of how Claire responded to the pressures and circumstances around her. Prior to discussing about her eating disorder, the authors talks of her childhood and family background. The authors take note of the times when Claire felt disappointment and listed them as triggers. By discussing of her family background, the readers and the authors are able to have a better understanding of the participant. The authors conclude that the psychological and social factors are all involved in what they call as the “ matrix of eating disorder vulnerability” (Leavy and Ross 73). It can be determined that the stress and tensions in her family is one of the main triggers in her eating disorder. The authors believe that the combination of various factors including media can trigger eating disorders. By implying this, readers can assume that the authors are not biased and they want to be as neutral as possible. The authors explore this matrix through

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