The modern definition of beauty is causing depression. Everyone has one image in mind, the angular, perfect skinned, thigh gapped models that we see everywhere. Well that’s just not the case. Eating disorders are already a huge problem, but are becoming an even bigger one. Research shows, 30 million people will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.
This is one example of the many social and peer pressures in life, which can cause people to question their own judgment of right and wrong, or even change their opinions. Eating disorders are classified as a range of psychological disorders that are abnormal. There are many types of eating disorders that affect people and their families. Society is lead to believe that women are the only ones affected by eating disorders, but in reality, men are affected as well. Eating disorders are about physical problems, as well as,
As Marya Hornbacher states: “We think of bulimia and anorexia as either a bizarre psychosis, or as a quirky little habit, a phase, or as a thing that women just do. We forget that it is a violent act, that it bespeaks a profound level of anger toward and fear of the self” (Hornbacher 123). Eating disorders are a form addiction, and must be treated as such. Treatment such as counseling, hospitalizations, and medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics are still used today. However, the media has taken great lengths to change their usage of body types, such as discontinuing the use of photoshop to correct stretch marks or fat rolls in models.
The media, such as television, magazines, Internet, and movies has traditionally portrayed an unambiguous reflection of how society endorses a certain body image. The media depicts girls and women as either thin or curvaceous so they can display the viewer’s expectations and standards. In addition, females who do not meet these seemingly stereotypical “body image standards,” often feel less self-assured about themselves and, therefore, try to uphold the perceived societal ideal by any means necessary. According to Tiggemann (2006), “First, women and girls’ own reports clearly indicate that they hold the media at least partly responsible for their negative feelings toward their bodies” (p. 524). By having these negative thoughts, women can harm their bodies by doing whatever they can to fit the expectations that the media seems to portray.
Most women’s magazine showed 10 times as many as diet food and products as compared to men. In general, research has shown while the promotion of diet food and products increases, the female body ideal sizes from mass media decreases. The media doesn't just adore the thin ideal, they also highlight its importance and significance of the general appearances. The media culture discourages women by holding them as a prisoner to an unachievable beauty standard (Spettigue & Henderson, 2004). Moreover, the media representation of women and men in the US is very “restrictive” and is a possible factor in rising desire to be thin in women.
Media Influence on Body Image Outline Preface: The old adage says that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, however, in recent times the obsession of a signified perfect body has been escalated by media greatly. While most communities teach young individuals that physical beauty does not matter as compared to the inner beauty, this seems to contradict the same as depicted by media through reality shows, billboards, magazines, and a myriad of other platforms. In recent studies, body image perceptions have thus resulted to eating disorders amongst both females and males alike more likely affecting the teenagers and the young adults. This study thus seeks to determine the relationship between the media, body image, and eating disorders. Thesis Statement: Individual acceptance is a norm widely accepted across different societies, however, in recent development the portrayal of the perfect body image through media platforms has caused great body dissatisfactions and consequently leading to eating disorders amongst teenagers and young adults.
A mental disorder is a medical condition which disrupts a person’s ability to think, to feel, to relate to others, his/her mood and daily functioning. More clearly, a mental disorder or a psychological disorder is a psychological dysfunction associated with distress or impairment in functioning and a response that is not typical or culturally expected (Durand et al, 2006). According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); a mental illness is a mental, behavioural or emotional disorder which is diagnosable and can be treated. There are innumerable mental disorders which can be named; like major depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. In the world, everyday, people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder is increasing.
It is a serious psychological disorder characterized by either a significantly reduced appetite or complete aversion to eating.” It has no particular reason. “The National Health Service5, UK, says that the majority of experts believe the mental disorder is caused by a combination of biological, environmental and psychological factors. Some individuals are thought to have personality traits, which make them more susceptible to developing the disease. Being underweight and not having a normal diet may have an effect on the brain, which reinforces behaviors and obsessive thoughts related to anorexia nervosa. In other words, under-eating and being underweight can set off a cycle of further weight loss and
Implausible Beauty On their way to university or work, people cannot help but gaze at billboards of skinny and tall female celebrities with flawless skin and male models having muscular bodies with a perfect smile. Those advertisements are one tiny part of media that surround one’s daily life. The media introduces an image of a perfect body and spreads construed standards of beauty for both men and women. Even though it is believed that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, the media has overwhelmingly influenced the “ideal” image of a forceful beauty standard for which has altered the way people see themselves. On one hand, media has strappingly affected peoples’ definition of beauty.