Media Influence On Eating Disorders
A look at media influenc on eating disorders and why thinness is so sought after.
In today’s society we are constantly being bombarded with commercials portraying beauty as being thin and flawless. These advertisements come to us from all angles, television, magazines, and billboards. There seems to be an endless stream of ads telling us what to think, what to eat, and how to look. As some of us strive for acceptance in society, it follows that we would strive to be like those people in that advertisement. After all, they are selling us on what the perfect lives. They lead us to beleive that being thin will make you happier and more sucessful.
Many of the clothing and makeup commercials that use extremely thin models are run during shows like Dawson’s Creek and Felicity. These shows are a staple in the life of a teenager. Even the shows themselves have actors and actresses that are below healthy weights. As we are exposed to these ideals, the risk of developing a negative body image increases, and so does the risk of an eating disorder. England is one of the first countries to try and stop the media from using emasculated models in their advertisements.
Magazines are no better then TV. With the technical capabilities to alter photos and have the finished product look like anything you want, it’s no wonder women and men are finding it frustrating. How can you possibly achieve a look that is not even real?
With all our technical advances in this century, food scarcity is no longer an issue in a lot of countries. When being over weight was a status symbol for the rich, with the abundance of food now available, thinness is harder to achieve and therefore more sought after. It’s time we start to celebrate our differences instead of trying to be all alike. More countries should follow England’s lead and help ban this use of extremely thin models in advertisements.