People with eating disorders didn't choose to have them. It was most likely caused by certain chemicals in the brain that control hunger, apatite, and digestion. These chemicals can be unbalanced causing that person to be unsteady. Also eating disorders can run in the family. Who is to say that just because someone is born with 6 fingers instead of 5, that it's their fault. It just doesn't make sense!
This clearly states that a lot of people feel that models and magazine pictures make them feel awful about there bodies and are the cause for their disorders or abnormal eating habits. It also shows that disorders start from a very young age because the media is displayed more and more as generations go on.
I'm normally not one to find scapegoats for our problems, but I think in this case that the media -- all media -- is to blame for many ills in our society and especially eating disorders. We're shown Photoshop perfect worlds with Photoshop perfect people and told that only if we buy the right things, we'll be this perfect, too. We can never match up, it's not reality. This leads to eating disorders.
As the media is often blamed as its a global issue, size 0 modeling and airbrushing is wrong as it gives people a bad image to compare with. However can we blame the media 100% as if photos weren't airbrushed would be buy then? And if we used plus sized models would size six ones be offended.
I agree that not all eating disorders are directly caused by the media. But it is wrong to say they NEVER cause eating disorders... I have an eating disorder that shows a direct correlation with the media and it makes me cry when people, even those with eating disorders themselves, say that it does not cause them. My passions lie in acting, especially in film and television. This career path is highly competitive, so can you blame me for my willingness to do almost anything to increase my chances of fulfilling a lifelong dream? And that's where the eating disorder comes in. FAR more often than not, the recurring successful television and film actresses are slim or are of a small build - because they look good on the screen. I'm not saying they aren't good actresses, but their appearance certainly plays a role in their success. So can you see where the extreme pressure to be slim to look good for the screen comes in? This was, without a doubt, the starting point of my eating disorder. I accept that there are other factors that have contributed to it over the years, but it is wrong to say that the media did not play a huge part in the development of what is a truly harrowing disorder.
The media promotes eating disorders and self-harm simply by not acknowledging it. Paying no attention to something when you see it becoming an increasing problem is just as bad as telling someone to do it. If you're not saying no you're saying yes. I wrote an entire research paper arguing this point and for everyone who feels I am wrong, I'm sorry to have to tell you that research has proved that I am in fact correct. The economy is also another factor in the increasing eating disorder cases because the government has to pay more money for every overweight person in this country. They have spent 938 million extra gallons of gas, 350 million extra gallons of fuel and had to increase train weight capacities to 400 pounds due to the "low self-esteem" that the media is constantly scrutinizing everyday. Eating disorders are WAY MORE than just self-esteem issues, this coming from someone who has been suffering from one for more than 3 years. THE MEDIA AND THE GOVERNMENT CAUSE THE WIDESPREAD INCREASE IN EATING DISORDERS, NOT JUST IN THE COUNTRY, BUT IN THE WORLD.
Prevalent throughout what the media broadcasts are not depictions of ordinary people. Rather, attractive actors and actresses, models, and other people with unrealistic figures are seen every day by millions of people. In many people (especially young people), this idealized version of what one should look like is then sought after.
When we pick a magazine up the first thing we see is a ‘beautiful’ model with long legs, big breasts, perfect glowing skin, a flat stomach and most importantly, a painfully thin frame. These images are everywhere, promoting these unrealistic figures. You turn on your TV and you get diet tips on how to shed pounds in a very short period of time (it is not good for you, do it the proper way). You go into a supermarket and see slimming meals, Slim Fast, Slimming World, Weight Watchers and slimming tablets. Our country is obsessed! We are trying to tackle obesity but what the Media forget is that by promoting these images they are encouraging the other end of the spectrum, eating disorders.
The media is strongly to blame for these images, it is not real. But teenagers do not see the ‘magic’ behind the camera lens. Before the image hits the shelves in the freshly printed magazines the image has gone through a very lengthy process to perfection. The model has makeup on to highlight features and to generally improve the face to show its ultimate beauty. The model angles herself to look as long and thin as possible, the angle is just perfect the lighting just right, every hair on her head perfectly placed and then, snap. The photo is taken. Now the real work begins. The image is then filtered; the model’s body proportions are tampered sometimes, making her already thin frame even more skeletal. They elongate her legs, arms, neck, back and torso. The photo editor then airbrushes her skin so no stretch marks, moles, freckles, birthmarks or imperfections are on show in the image (the very things that define her; the things that make her human). They slender her waist, increase her bust (sometimes significantly), her bottom is shaped by photo shopping to the ideal shape. And there you have it, society perfect.
In my opinion, media causes eating disorders; as famous people, YTB vids, magazines, movies, etc. give us (mostly girls) an unrealistic view of the world; a more materialistic one; in which the "perfect body" stereotype leads most girls to become anorexic or bulimic (among others). Even fashion designers contribute with this idea, as they establish a rank of sizes (L, XL, S, XS, M) in which people who are really overweight find it difficult to find clothes that fit them.
I believe the media could contribute by telling that no matter the size of your body, you are BEAUTIFUL too!
As a teenage girl in high school, I can agree with this statement 100%. It is safe to say that 90% of my friends are um-confident about their appearance, including myself. We have discussed why several times before and it always connects back to magazines, movies, and celebrities that are advertised by the MEDIA. They give us an un-realistic vision to live up to
There is a world of difference between "causing" and "influencing". The real responsibility lies with the person who decided it was a good idea to lose weight by "just starving themselves for a while" and then it became a habit. The media may influence this, but that's a far cry from causing it.
I'll admit that the media does have a lot of poor examples for people (especially the young and more impressionable) who are body conscious. Pro-anorexia sites encourage young girls to keep themselves unhealthily thin, and models with bones showing through abound. That being said, while the media might aggravate eating disorders in some, to place the sole blame on them leads to the "victims" not facing their responsility in the matter.
Scientific research says that genes are the main determinant in whether someone develops an eating disorder- not the media. Keep in mind that there is a difference between an eating disorder in which someone has legitimate psychological problems and a fad dieter who desperately wants to lose weight. Many "anorexic"people, teenage girls especially, just wish they had anorexia so they could be thin. However, they don't actually have the eating disorder. The only thing the media does is distract people from understanding the role genetic factors play in anorexia.
Just as flour is the not the only ingredient needed to make a cake, the media cannot solely be blamed for 'causing' eating disorders. Yes to a certain extent film, magazines and social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook are partially responsible for these disorders. But one should NEVER go as far to say that the media causes it. Many people have said on this sight that their own personal disorders were 'caused' by media sources. Whilst that may be their own diagnostic I could go on to other sites debating this topic with people stating influences such as depression, peer pressure and loneliness as the reasons behind them developing an eating disorder. So on that front your arguements are irrelevant. That's like me saying all flu is only caused by running around in the rain. A completely ludicrous statement right? Of course. EVERY disease has MANY DIFFERENT causes. Whilst the media may be an unfortunate contributor to these dreadful psychological and physical diseases
, they are just one minute piece in the jigsaw puzzle that is eating disorders.
For starters, media can affect people into having eating disorders. But this does not apply to everyone. For example, for those who are not into fashion or watching movies and things like that, they don't care about the models/ actresses on the magazines or in the movies. Eating disorders can be caused by stress, or the pressure to fit in somewhere. People with eating disorders might have a lack of knowledge on how to properly deal with stress or how to properly lose weight the healthy way.
Those who say the media causes eating disorders simply don't understand them well enough. Eating disorders aren't fad diets used to control weight. They are a psychological disorder. Eating disorders are seeded much deeper than the obsession of thinness. Low weight is one of the symptoms of eating disorders. Binging/purging for bulimics and starvation for anorexics and is a way of quieting poisonous thoughts and regaining what feels like lose control.
Eating disorders develop from inner thoughts than can be exasperated by the external environment. For the majority of people suffering from eating disorders, more pressure is placed on them by friends, family, co-workers,teachers, etc. Than the magazine placed in front of them.
Society for someone to point fingers at and blame. The media can influence eating disorders, but no it doesn't cause it. The bigger issue is how the media portrays eating disorders as a choice and those who suffer as vain. Bad body image and eating disorders are not the same thing. Skipping one meal isn't anorexia. If a person is predisposed to an eating disorder and their life situation makes them at risk, then they will (or will not) develop an eating disorder regardless of the media.
Many people argue that the media, models, actors and actresses cause young girls to develop eating disorders. Eating disorders are caused by low self esteem and family pressure to stay thin. It's true that many successful actors and actresses and models are thin, but if the media were the cause, it would affect many more people than it does. Girls who are overweight suffer in school as they are teased by their peers and pressured by their parents to lose weight. This pressure, in addition to low self esteem and depression are more to blame for eating disorders than the media.