25 April, 14
Media’s Blow on Anorexia
About one in 200 persons in the United States will develop anorexia nervosa at some time. Ninety Percent are women (Anorexia Nervosa—Part 1 1). Anorexia is defined as an emotional disorder characterized by refusing to diet or eat. This is targeting young girls all across the world! This calamity is struck by something every person loves, social media. The media realm needs to be ceased from the websites that support dieting, celebrities displaying perfectionist bodies, and the social media world: their main victim to such disease are young teens. In particular media plays a role in anorexia in young teens because of social media and celebrities, the model industry, and the “thigh gap”.
The first stance that media plays a role in anorexia in young teens is because of the social media realm and celebrities. Experts blame a “toxic combination” of pressures including social media and celebrity culture for an alarming number of children becoming body-conscious in their early teens. (Dixon 1). This is stating that young teens are visually seeing, on social media, celebrities that look as if they are perfect. It causes young teens to become conscious about their own bodies. “Starving for perfection” features pictures of celebrities . . . Advocate “thinspiration” backed by images of thin bodies (Laurance 1). Young teens cross sites like this on the Internet and dig into it and want to become thin or lose weight. This is a large trigger to anorexia, websites are brainwashing these children into believe that they must be skinny.
The next role that media plays in anorexia in young teens is the model industry. “The numbers are increasing, I think because of the influence of [fashion] models’’ (“Eating Disorders 1”). This fact explains that the model industry is also to blame. There is rarely, so they call fat, models. They all portray thin, lean, and “perfect” bodies. This leads young teens that view them on television broadcasted fashion shows and magazines to question their size and weight. An easy target to blame is the mass media-namely television, magazine and Internet images of ‘perfect’ (digitally altered) lean bodies (Anorexia Nervosa 2). This is also linked to social media because model industry uses advertisement all over the Internet and young teens live in the Internet age and always have access to the Internet even in the palm of their hand. They see this kind of body and wonder why they don’t look like that so they turn to dieting which can lead to anorexia.
The final reason that media plays a role in anorexia in young teens is the phenomenon known as the “thigh gap”. When the vast majority of people stand with their feet together, their thighs touch. A tiny percentage of people have thighs so slim that they don’t come together. The “thigh gap refers to this space (Salter 1). This is a big issue because young girls are all about having good legs...