Cutting media effect on body image reduces eating disorders
Isabella Blakley: THE PARISIAN WAY OF LIFE
Most little girl’s dreams are to be a famous model. But those who happen to be quite serious about it, even at a young age, may develop an eating disorder. And they can thank 2015’s society for this outbreak across nations in the modeling industry. It is not just America that is affected. France is one of the most image conscious countries in the world. Paris and MIlan are two of the fashion capitals of the world as well. Imagine what their model productions are in these cities. Taking a laxative tea or pill is one thing to retain a weight loss. Models in this country are so skinny, that the French government is getting involved. I don’t know if you know this but the French Parliament is a very serious government. So to take action in an issue the United States wouldn’t even consider a governmental problem, must mean that is an incredibly vast unnerving situation in France. In an article regarding the matter, “France's Parliament has moved to make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia, as authorities try to crack down on the glorification of dangerously thin women,” (Charlton). Other countries have joined in making this a law such as Spain and Israel. “‘It's not just about protecting the models but also teenagers, because this body-image pressure also affects them and contributes to the emergence of eating disorders and tendencies to eat less and less,’ said Olivier Veran, a neurologist and legislator who championed the anorexia measure,” (Charlton). Media is spreading that this is a trend to be extremely skinny as a model, that they don’t realize the physical and mental effect it has on teen girls around the world.
France may have had the right idea. They created a law that took away the problem of anorexia and promoting anorexia. But in the United States, there are so many other issues at hand, a model being too thin is not one of them. So we can’t necessarily make it illegal to be an anorexic model. But the legislature can make it illegal to promote eating disorders. Many girls who have access to the media can look up anorexia and bulimia. Some of the first things that are shown up is websites promoting the very fact. This is simply not okay at all. There are parents out there that have lost children to an eating disorder due to the pressure society places on young girls to look a certain way. With our first amendment rights, we are free to petition the government to stop from promoting the positives to all ed (eating disorders). Because there is no positive whatsoever.
Shea Walk: REALITY VS. FANASTY
Sure, media is great. Let’s be honest we use it all the time. But, just like most anything there is a dark side-effect to this worldwide phenomenon. Media portrays young girls as flat-out beautiful and super skinny. This makes young girls feel like their body is not good enough and leads to anorexia, bulimia, and no happiness. This cycle can become life threatening. What is even more sad is girls start to diet when they are just ten years old. Lori, from Scholastic Choices, stated, “He(Blashill) has conducted studies showing that there's a strong link between how we feel about our appearance and our overall happiness, despite whatever shape or size we happen to be,”(Gottlieb). When people are so worried about their body, it affects their own happiness. As the ANAD stated “Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression,”(ANAD). Happiness is so valuable and when it is spent worrying about your body compared to a modes it is worthless.
Eating Cotton Balls
On the hit FOX television series, Scream Queens, the Chanels 1,3,5, and 6 eat cotton balls to stay skinny. Before they realize that life is too short and they'll eat a pizza if they want to, this was a perfect way of representation of the pressure media and society places on young girls to look a certain way. The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, mentioned in an interview, "And I feel like that's a part of the show, where a lot of young people think that they need, particularly young women, they have body issues . . . and our show says: That's not true."
Society bases their own body image on what they see on the media. People only care about what they look like in comparison to an ultra-thin model. That leads to people feeling like their body will never be good enough.
What Starts Ed (Eating Disorders)
To help compensate the feeling of someone's body not being good enough, people start to diet. But, that can lead to anorexia, bulimia, and other life threatening eating disorders all because of the way media illustrates the image of a young girl.