The Negative Effects Of Technology And The Globalization Of Eating Disorders

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“Eating disorders do not exist,” claim those in denial of the world around them. “Anorexic and bulimic children do not exist because there is no possible way they could learn those habits,” states an ignorant adult that is not aware of the advanced technology around them. The lack of awareness revolving around eating disorders is not nearly enough because there are still people denying the proof in front of them that anorexia, bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder are real. In fact, the more innovation the human race has in the technological field, the younger people will learn about eating disorders. The globalization of eating disorders is mostly caused by the expansion of technology, magazines, and advertisements all over the world.
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In 1998, just three years after the station began broadcasting, eleven percent of girls...vomited to control weight, and sixty-two percent of the girls...dieted during the previous months” (Bordo 320). This shows an obvious correlation between the availability of new technology and eating disorders. It is clearly shown that as innovation continues with technology and the connection between people and forms of media become closer, the amount of eating disorders will continue to rise worldwide. “In so-called "pro-anorexia" forums, posters write about watching fashion shows and combing magazines for ‘thinspiration’” (Pearson 1). Thinspiration is the idea of taking certain things similar to runway models and quotes claiming “seeing bone is beautiful” and using it to motivate oneself to purge, typically starving or vomiting to control one’s weight. This is an example of how people “romanticize” eating disorders and distort people’s view of how negative eating disorders truly are. These self-destructive forums, blogs, and ideas promoting eating disorders are a cause in the global rise of disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In fact, the present …show more content…
“Many research studies have discovered a connection between exposure to fashion magazines and a heightened level of eating disorder symptoms in girls” (Karges 1). This quote shows that there are real life examples as to how magazines can alter the way women can view themselves after exposure to a magazine. Whether it be Cosmopolitan or Playboy, both still show an “ideal” body type even if that may not be the intent of the magazine. Typically shown on a magazine cover or in different articles such as “10 Ways to Please Your Man,” the chances of seeing a white, skinny female is more likely than a woman of color or with any form of “fat” on her. A writer for the Huffington Post gives a statistic stating: “According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 70 percent of girls in grades five through 12 said magazine images influence their ideals of a perfect body…” (Pearson 1). Even in lower grades such as grade five and six, girls were able to convey that magazines did influence their idea as to what a “perfect body” looks like. Although a magazine the girls are seeing do not have articles directed towards weight loss and dieting, the Photoshopped bodies of their favorite celebrities is enough to influence how people think about what they are seeing; especially if it is a constant in all of the magazines they are reading and every other media outlet

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