The Effects Of Media On South Carolina Department Of Mental Health

3410 Words Nov 4th, 2014 14 Pages
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 the ages of thirteen to twenty-five ("Eating Disorder Statistics"). Media has been blamed for the cause of eating disorders such as anorexia. Magazines, movies, and other types of media have placed a pressure on individuals to be skinny. Media implies that in order to be happy in life, one has to be thin and be at the ideal weight. 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…

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