By Bri Clark, Olivia Brendel, and Dylan Lett
Eating Disorders- A disease that is a culmination of biological, behavioral and social issues. These disorders such as anorexia and bulimia create an unhealthy relationship with food due to the fear of gaining weight.
Who does it affect? Mainly young girls from the ages 10-18
What is the problem? Society is pushing unrealistic beauty standards through media that creates a constant pressure on young girls so they feel that they need to look like the women and girls in the magazines so that society will accept them
When? Ever since the 1980's, eating disorders have peaked, now in America alone 20 million women and girls are clinically diagnosed with an eating disorder at some point in there life.
Where- United States, but this disease is occurring all over the world. "The prevalence of eating disorders is similar among Non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians in the United States, with the exception that anorexia nervosa is more common among Non-Hispanic Whites." (Hudson et al., 2007; Wade et al., 2011).
"By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat."(Smolak, 2011).
"70% believe encouraging the media and advertisers to use more average sized people in their advertising campaigns would reduce or prevent eating disorders"
"35-57% of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills, or laxatives. Overweight girls are more likely than normal weight girls to engage in such extreme dieting" (Boutelle, Neumark-Sztainer, Story, &Resnick, 2002; Neumark-Sztainer&Hannan, 2001; Wertheim et al., 2009).
Solution 1- set regulations for Photoshop.
Solution 2- add eating disorder classes in middle school.
Women's Health Magazine
This form of literature represents what females do to get the perfect body. They don't agree with their own body because after everything they have seen in commercials, movies, shows, magazines, etc., they think they're not good enough. They think the "average" body is anorexic. (Skinny.)