A Woman’s body image is targeted by society’s newly constructed and distorted idea of beauty. The constant rampage of objectifying women is creating dangerous societal pressures. The past two decades, women have participated in irrational behaviors to achieve the ideal body image to fit in but also to be accepted by society. Women of all ages are being influenced by the negativity it’s portraying. As a result (cited in Boutelle..story, 2002) " 57% of adolescent girls engage in self-induced vomiting, diet pills, crash dieting, fasting and the use of laxatives to achieve the idealistic body image , or extreme thinness (National Eating Disorder, n.d.). In retaliation against the media and sociocultural distortion of appearance, “95% of people who suffer from eating disorders are female” (Macionis, 2012, p. 508) .
The increase in eating disorders are in relationship with social conflict. "The social conflict approach is the framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change " (Macionis, 2012, p. 13). Therefore, inequality is seen through women verses society's perspective of appearance while the conflict and change is the impact of eating disorders to feel acceptance and beautiful.
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are psychological illness' that involve physical and emotional disturbances regarding weight and the consumption of food. . Each disorder can leave its victim with severe health consequences that increase the chance of mortality. Hence, without proper treatment, an individual with one of these disorders will lose the battle. Since the increase of eating disorders, many associations are reaching out to inform the public of the extremities that come with these diseases. Also, the style of each disorder along with its signs and symptoms.
“Anorexia nervosa is a serious potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by sel-starvation and excessive weight loss” (National Eating Disorder, n.d.). Anorexia is the most common mental illness with “90-95% of its sufferers are female, calculating at about 1% in America where 5-20% will die due to sever health consequences” (National Eating Disorder, n.d.). Majority of the people with anorexia suffer from psychological distress regarding weight gain. “ This occurs when an individual misperceives his/her body size or the size of various body parts as being larger than they objectively are” (L. Bergstrom, 2006, p. 976). Resulting in the behavior of self-starvation as the base for the adverse effects. Over time, anorexic patients will be at risk for brain damage, organ failure, osteopenia, infertility, lethargy etc. (Eating Disorder: NIMH, 2013).
“A binge-eating disorder is targeted at 60% of women, estimating 1-5% of the population and affecting people aged 18-59”...