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  1. The media's effect on women and their daily activities
  2. Women affected by the consequences of the media's idea of beauty
  3. Family and friends in determining the body image and perception
  4. Anorexia, more than a psychiatric disorder
  5. Hollywood, also responsible for the increase of eating disorders
  6. An interpersonal attraction to thin media personalities
  7. The idea of control, an important aspect of the illness
  8. Diagnosis, treatment and education

In today's society, looks are everything. The female body is used in various ways, whether by the media or advertisers trying to sell a product. With such importance placed on how a female looks, it is not surprising that many young women today are suffering from low self esteem and body image issues. It is unfortunate that due to the pressure the media is putting on females today, anorexia and bulimia are becoming more of a pressing issue. Women today are more concerned with the way that society perceives them, as opposed to actually being healthy and feeling their best.

[...] Dept. of Health and Human Services Apr Hendricks, Jennifer. Slim to None. New York: McGraw-Hill 1-256. Henry, Lori. "Gisele Bundchen on Anorexia." Suite Jan Apr Kim Leong, Sandra. "How The Media Influences Eating Disorders." EzineArticles 03 December April Plotnik, Rod. Introduction to Psychology. San Diego. [...]


[...] One out of every ten people who suffer from an eating disorder eventually dies because of the damage to the body that the eating disorder causes? (Kim Leong). The disease is not merely physical, it is also psychological, and therefore it has to be treated directly, both ways. Since we as a society have recognized the dangers that anorexia and other eating disorders bring, there has been a public outcry for a better image in our magazines, journals, and entertainment. [...]


[...] Having a supportive family can indeed make all the difference between an eating disorder and a healthy body image. By being involved in their daughter's lives, parents can influence their children to understand the dangers that anorexia brings. Anorexia is not just a psychiatric disorder. It affects the way that one perceives their body image, thus making it difficult to want to eat or gain weight. The significant weight loss that is associated with anorexia can cause serious complications in regards to conceiving and reproducing. [...]


[...] Eating Disorders, Self-Image, and the Female Body in Modern Society In today's society, looks are everything. The female body is used in various ways, whether by the media or advertisers trying to sell a product. With such importance placed on how a female looks, it is not surprising that many young women today are suffering from low self esteem and body image issues. It is unfortunate that due to the pressure the media is putting on females today, anorexia and bulimia are becoming more of a pressing issue. [...]


[...] Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are not a healthy way to lose weight, and today's society would do well to remember that the female body is not something that should be exploited for money or for advertising. It is important to understand that young girls are impressionable, and today's industry does nothing to help them find a good role model that will teach them the benefit of healthy living and healthy eating. Works Cited "Beauty and Body Image in the Media." Media Awareness Network Apr DeGroat, Bernie. "Media Influence Eating Disorders." Eating Disorders News and Information Services Apr "Eating Disorders." Office on Womens Health. Feb U.S. [...]

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