Media And The Causes, Symptoms, And Health Essay

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Media and the Causes, Symptoms, and Health Complications of Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is defined as a mental disorder which “include weight loss that brings the weight to less than 85% of ideal, intense fear of weight gain, self-evaluation highly influenced by perceived weight and shape” (Chan, 2008, p.332). “Dead Celebrity Status” is a song related to anorexia nervosa, which describes an anorexic girl who loses weight because she is pressured by the social cultural ideals of thinness. The song “Dead Celebrity Status” accurately exemplifies the causes, symptoms, and health consequences of anorexia nervosa. Peer-reviewed articles from Nelson et al. (1999), Chan and Ma (2002), and Chan (2008) are used to support the argument presented in this paper.
Causes
Research by Bartky (1988) shows that social cultural ideals and “the increasing power of mass media in promoting an ideal female body shape” play an important role on the women’s body images (as cited in Chan and Ma, 1988). The girl in the song “Dead Celebrity Status” was not born as a problem eater; however, the thin ideal in the society has motivated her to starve herself in order to look like those celebrities on magazines: “She wasn’t born anorexic, but nowadays she suffers, staring at these half-naked stars on magazine covers. Feeling pressure by the public” (‘Dead Celebrity Status”). According to Chan and Ma (2002), through socialization and the mass media, the ideal of thinness has had a significant impact…

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