The Influences of the Medias on Eating Disorders

By David Bayat

With the rise of the 2000s era, the world has innovated itself into new forms of interaction. Medias have become predominant in our world. Every day, we are exposed to mass media; everywhere we go it seems as if the media is following us. This might not impact everybody; it surely does for people who are afraid to eat. Anorexia is a disease that is mostly concentrated around young teenage girls. However, men do also tend to be victims. From magazine covers to television shows, the Medias engage and incite anorexia. Often they portray beauty as a thin model and equate thinness to success and popularity. This provokes often body dissatisfactions to those vulnerable and inflates their insecurities. Televised series with target audiences for young adults and teenagers are often the worst. With lead actress like Shenea Grimmes, Jessica Stroup and Annalynne Mccord from the popular serie 90210, young girls often idolise these stars for their looks and this can create an internalization of thinness as being an ideal. A lot of girls don’t engage into eating disorder like activities, however they’re body insecurities are often at its peak. A recent study in Figi has statically proven that media do play a role in the development of Eating disorders. Until, recently, Figi was a media naïve civilisation. However, the studies show that ever since the Americanisation and exposure to the media’s cultural perception, Figi statistics for this disorder have bloomed. Clothing brands are not much better. Per example: Abercrombie and Fitch have made a scandalous statement, where they stated that people suffering from obesity should not represent their brand. This brought light to a serious problem that has been ongoing ever since the 1980s.
In Conclusion, we can clearly see that anorexia and bulimia is very common these days and that it is difficult not a have a hustle feeling toward the media after seeing their impact on these young girls.

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