An Inside Look At Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders
“Food - too much of it, we suffer, and to lack of it, we will suffer.” Because of it, humans have lost their sanity and it’s the main cause of most health issues, which is eating disorder. Eating disorders are common in America today, and combined in all their various forms it is a very serious health problem that is growing into even larger problems. Because the media perpetuates a thin ideal, body dissatisfaction has escalated and eating disorders have steadily increased in both genders due to an excessive preoccupation with appearance.
Insecurities, low self-esteems, judgements from others, personal relationships, and too high expectations of the body image often cause eating disorders. According to the “National Institute of Mental Health” website, an eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amount of food or severely overeating. “Eating disorders result from a complicated interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors” (Ciotola DB) There are different types of eating disorders that are categorized, the three main eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. According to Katherine Kam on “WebMd” Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is due to a insufficient or excessive food intake. Bulimia is a condition which one overeats and then purges the food by vomiting or using laxatives to prevent weight gain. Binge Eating Disorder: according to the “National Institute of Mental Health” website, binge eating occurs when the person loses control over his/her eating. In this case, people with binge-eating disorder often are overweight or obese. No matter the type or term given the disorder, they represent a serious situation and are a mental health concern. All of these eating disorders can affect people in so many negative ways and it can affect others around them. It is believed eating disorders have the highest death rate of any illness.
The greatest influence on the ideal slender beauty is the media. Mass media involves propaganda on billboards, magazines and television. Consequently, the media is provoking feelings of body dissatisfaction amongst women and men. “It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder -seven million women and one million men, says the South Carolina Department of Mental Health”(par.1) Body image is in the media everywhere people look. Women and men are obsessively trying to change their appearance just to look like the perfect body images they see in magazines and music videos. In other words, in order of being beautiful, they have to be skinny. According to Jean Kilbourne author of “Killing Us Softly 4; Advertising’s Image of Women,” Women are spending endless time and money trying to achieve the look that the media has created of the perfect woman. Even phone apps can change one’s appearance with a click of a button to make a body appear smaller to post on social networks. What...

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