The Importance Of Eating Disorders

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We live in a society where perfection is key. With societal views and peer assimilation as to contending factors, the rate of body dissatisfaction continues to increase at an expedited pace. Youth and adults, woman and men, have resulted to taking drastic measures in order to abide my these very particular eating styles. There are many different types of eating disorders, such as, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, other specified feeding or eating disorder and binge eating disorder. The two main disorders anorexia and bulimia are known as Ana and Mia on the world wide web. These two girls take on a whole different persona as they are placed into blogs online where individuals provide tips, tricks and even personal information regarding weight, …show more content…
These blogs are created through lack of self esteem, low body satisfaction and a need to be thin. Although there has not been a lot of studies done on these eating disorder blogs, it is important that we acknowledge the importance of the ones present. Many families are aware of the issue their child may be facing involving their eating styles, but with technology on a continuous rise a myriad of them aren’t aware that their youth or loved one may have online support. These web related bogs many also begin to shape them as a person and through these blogs we may be able to see if they are a contributing factor to their identity and/or personality. A plethora of studies have been created around eating disorders in general and how they may tie into who we are; we will review these to help us gain further …show more content…
The internet offers web sites that describe, endorse and support eating disorders. This study’s purpose was to examine websites which promote this psychological way of thinking (Borzekowski, Schenk, Wilson & Peebles, 2010). With many different types of motivation surfacing on these blogs, they decided to monitor tips/tricks, thinspriation, themes and whether or not the blogger spoke on self harm. Basically examining content and coding the information to obtain results, which is fairly similar to our intended study. They eventually found that most of these blogs are open to the public, have interactive features, give about 20% more anorexia content than bulimia (which leads us to see the importance of specific eating disorders on the web), how much of an important factor thinspriation was on these blogs and much more. While we are aware of these blog, its good to understand the general content before diving into a study that determine identity through these blogs. Their conclusion (Borzekowski et al) only prompts the question as to whether or not these blogs are vastly important to their viewers, as the tend to motivate, encourage and support one another. Another study viewed content as well (Tong, LaFave, Jeon, Smith &Warshay, 2013), but added a different way of resulting the context by looking at the many different types of support. They found prevalent forms of

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