Three percent of Americans doesn’t seem like that many, but when you look at it with people who have eating disorders it’s shocking. Ever since the thoughts on being thin came around young women couldn’t get enough on the idea. Pulling the horrifying parts of eating disorders out and making them look trendy and glamorous. Something that could’ve been an inspiration to lose weight and be healthy plummeted and made thinness seem like the necessity. The lovely motivation to be healthy turned into a ton of young girls starving themselves and dying just to be skinny (Zoltan).
Young women have found urges to take on eating disorders, which caused the level of women with eating disorders to rise. The eating disorders gained new attention in 1970 after not being around with many women since (Zoltan). These disorders are life threatening and if they aren’t eliminated the death rate of those who have the disorder will continue to escalate. These disorders aren’t just something a few people have in fact, sixty-five percent of women in a survey in 2008 confirmed to have disordered eating (Zoltan). Society has put a view on family and social event to make them involve food (Zoltan).
The health of women is being abused and harmed because they are either not eating or throwing up what they eat to remain thin. The increasing number of women that are either bulimic or anorexic is growing out of control. Research that has been done shows that one percent of female adolescents have anorexia, and one and a tenth to four and two tenths of women will get bulimia in their lifetime (“Eating Disorders”). The increasing causes more women to believe they need to be skinny like everyone else. Society has changed how women look from being healthy and curvy to stick thin (“Anorexia”).
The people with disorders from eating aren’t the only ones affected by the consequences. The friends and family are also affected by the eating disorder since the one with the issue has to be treated. The family has to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills since their child has the desire to not eat and remain thin. There’s also the chance of having to plan a funeral because they either committed suicide or the disorder killed them. Friends are impacted when the patient is dead or being treated since they have to go through the process with them. The mortality rate for women between fifteen and twenty-four is twelve times higher than any others with the eating disorder (“Eating Disorders”).
While the urge to be thin may seem like a minor issue the cost of women with them is far greater than anything. Women are causing themselves to be unhealthy all to follow the way society expects them to look. Though the young women with these disorders can be cured if the family helps, but if they don’t get help the chances of surviving are little to none. One of the major costs is find ways to get women to realize being healthy is better than being what society considers beautiful (Davidson).