Disasterous Eating Disorders
Americans obsessions with their bodies has become a hot topic lately. From personal observation and research, I have seen the obsession become more severe. Web sites dealing with eating disorders are some of the most commonly visited web sites. We have a problem. The obsessions are becoming too serious, even fatal. Americans today have become slaves to the diet and fitness industries, resulting in an increased number of eating disorder cases over the past few years. If Americans are not educated about the complicated causes and effects of eating disorders then the plague of the 90’s, eating disorders, is going to continue to kill. The following paragraphs are a start to the education. They deal with some of the causes but more important some solutions to eating disorders.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "obsessions are recurring or persistent thoughts, images, or impulses that, rather than being voluntarily produced, seem to invade a person's consciousness despite his attempts to ignore, suppress, or control them (Britannica 1). American's today deal with these thoughts about food, body image, imperfections, goals, flaws and how to deal with these. The thoughts are obsessive but they are real and at times, very intense. Sometimes the only way to cope with them, is to take drastic measures in ones behavior.
Obviously the rise in eating disorders and other obsessive illnesses have been addressed but why they develop and solutions to stopping them are still a hushed topic. Educating society about the causes and serious effects of Americas fatal obsessions is the purpose of this article and hopefully by reading it one will be more aware. Increasing the knowledge of women and other Americans struggling with the ideas, thoughts and powerful emotions of negative body image may make them more aware of the traps of eating disorders they may fall into. By being aware they may be able to conquer the destroying demons inside of them.
We are constantly reminded of our imperfections through modern propaganda and this may be a factor in the negative thoughts one may have but how much can one blame on magazines, billboards and television for problems created with-in our own minds? Some psychologists believe that repeated exposure to images of thin women in magazines, TV and the movies is directly linked to the rise in the number of eating disorders in the US (Shape Magazine, 1995).
Many doctors who treat patients with eating disorders are convinced that these disorders could be eliminated if "society placed less emphasis on weight, diets and thinness (Jenish 4). "Eliminated" is a strong and very powerful word. Can society really be responsible for creating or powerful enough to eliminate eating disorders? Although the media and society have a great impact on individuals, the trend of weight obsession and eating disorders is much more complicated than the...