The Cause and Effects of Eating Disorders
The first time 10-year old Mary becomes self conscious about her weight is when she sees her mother looking at a magazine with a cover of a thin woman in a bikini with the bold print declaring, “Is She Fat or Pregnant?” Children are surrounded with the media filling their heads that being thin or muscular is the only way they can be beautiful, resulting in eating disorders. Their bodies have to be society's perfection in order to be accepted and to do so they take dangerous actions. At least 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of becoming fat (Mellin et al.,). Children, just like Mary, have been poisoned to think that having a perfect body is the only way they are going to be happy or loved. With the media's view of perfection being displayed on every magazine or advertisement, people are more likely to suffer through an eating disorder, bringing the problems that come with one right behind it. The physical effects are not the only consequences to an eating disorder; it also brings physiological and life changes effects.
While there has never been a root of cause for eating disorders, there are many factors that cause an eating disorder to occur, such as the Western Culture and photoshop. The National Eating Disorders Association says eating disorders are caused by “a combination of long-standing behavioral, biological, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, and social factors”(NEDA). The media is a huge influence to people who are already self conscious about their weight. As more photos are being photoshopped, the more people will think that is the only type of beauty. Photoshop has become more than retouching a photo; it has become a tool to remake a person’s body into an unattainable body. The American Medical Association has announced that altering model’s bodies into unrealistic expectations, especially in teen-oriented publications, can lead to eating disorders and other health problems. With more photos of impossible bodies on advertisements, the more people will go to dangerous lengths to attain the “perfect” body. Today’s culture has become obsessed with becoming thin. Magazines and websites all have sections dedicated to losing weight. It causes people to think that the only acceptable body is the skinny type(syn?). The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 165 pounds, yet the average Miss America winner is 5’7” and weighs 121 pounds (Martin, 2010). Even though the contestants of Miss America are intelligent, pageants always cause people to think that the pretty girl will win, not the smart one. It makes girls aim to be pretty, not smart. With all the connotations behind pageants, today’s cultures makes young girls want to become like the contestants, and if they are not smart about it, it can lead to eating disorders.
Several things, other than photoshop and today’s culture, cause eating disorders, but they all lead to the same diseases. There are two main types of eating...