Eating Disorders and the Media: The Pressure to Be Thin
In today’s society, poor body image and unhealthy attitudes toward eating have become a major issue that has escalated in recent years. The media’s portrayal of thin models may be a contributing factor in the development of eating disorders among women. This rigid definition of beauty is often unrealistic and extremely difficult for the average woman to live up to such high standards. Many women are unable to logically interpret the messages presented in the media which influence them, allowing the media’s unrealistic construction of beauty impact their self-esteem. As a result, the way in which women view their bodies is negatively affected. With this knowledge, health, diet and cosmetic industries exploit female insecurities for financial gain. Everyone is taught at an early age that your appearance matters and for a large number of people it has become an unhealthy obsession.
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