What Forces Cause Eating Disorders?

The aspiration of women in many from all over the world, especially in those that are more westernized, to be thin, skinny, and slender is evident and visible in everyday life. This drive and desire is fed by the many television programs, magazines, weight loss advertisements and programs that portray an ideal figure and image that women should align themselves with and live up to. The injurious effects of this never ending talk of pounds, ounces and kilograms is clear when you hear of the world’s latest generations of girls are suffering and growing up with eating disorders.Many different types of eating disorders exist, such as, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating, but some of the common denominators in the cause of most includes; emotional insecurity, lack of identity, low self-esteem or self-worth, the feeling/perception of ‘not being good enough’ and anxiety. The question that should be asked in relation to why such eating disorders occur, is what is creating or perpetuating the causes for these eating disorders, or for example, what is creating or perpetuating the feeling in girls that they are not good enough, enough for them to stop eating.It can be a harmful act of power to go against ones biological need, to continually refuse food when you are hungry and your stomach is churning. However, this act of power is often all that many women and girls with eating disorders feel they have in their possession, or are able to express. The idea or behavior that starving oneself is a positive act of power, rather than a negative one is made visible in the perpetuation of eating disorders, an idea in which to affect women all across the globe in such large proportions has obviously been created by some very influential cultural forces, rather than by some individual girls own feelings. It is evident, when you observe television programs, magazines and film clips that these influential cultural forces, ones that most people in western nations are exposed to on a daily basis, project images of how women should look, feel, dress, behave and of course eat. Sex appeal and attractiveness is an intelligent and influential marketing strategy that is used to increase product and program popularity among consumers, but the messages that are being communicated to audiences must be considered.It’s quite easy to blame individuals who suffer from eating disorders for their own problems, but what people should understand is the problem often does not lie with the individual or their life style. It often lies with the popular culture expressed through the media and what individuals are constantly exposed to. Women and young girls are being desensitised to images of unnaturaly skinny models in the media, and those images then become accepted and normalised to a standard that expresses what all women should look like to be considered attractive, harmful standards that many try and live up to in order to feel ‘normal’ and accepted in society. What many film clips, magazines, advertisements and movies fail to portray, is the complex and unique dimensions that make up a woman, and instead, concentrate on appearance and sex appeal rather than the originality of spirit.The over simplified representation of women in the media as sexual objects or products has reduced them to conventional artefacts that exist to look beautiful, thin and sexy for the outside world to look upon. It is the dominant cultural forces of today that create and perpetuate the causes for eating disorders in women and young girls, where women are constantly being typecast into a sexual role by the media, and this is harmful to the thought patterns of viewers and consumers of all ages, because it suggests that a woman’s value lies only in her sex appeal. The average woman is not a size six or six foot tall. What people are seeing is the finished product, a creation, of what the media portrays a woman should look and behave like, rather than the image of a ‘real’, ‘everyday’ woman. The type of sexual attractiveness used in media and advertising is conveying the wrong messages to people around the world. It is casting a sexual mould for women to be set in, and conveys that a woman’s worth is valued only in her sex appeal.These negative messages are creating insecurities, lack of identity, low self-esteem, and a feeling of ‘not being good enough’ in women right from a young age, messages that need to be challenged, ignored and changed in order to combat their power in perpetuating eating disorders around the world. Women and young girls need to be taken out of the exposure of harmful messages, and be opened up to positive, encouraging and true messages that state how women and girls are beautiful because they are beautiful, that they are good enough, because they are good enough, and that they are worth more than they could ever imagine.

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It Is Not Only Famous People With Eating Disorders

Today not only are famous people affected with eating disorders but the normal people are as well. Yet when people think of famous people with eating disorders the name that springs to most peoples minds is that of Karen Carpenter, who suffered from anorexia.Along with her brother Richard she had formed the group known as “The Carpenters” and would play to large audiences around the world. Yet through out the time she was battling with anorexia and it was only after her death at the age of 32 in 1983 that it came to light she suffered from this particular eating disorder.As with all anorexia sufferers because they choose to not eat correctly or sufficient amounts of food they actually put large amounts of strain on to their body. Karen Carpenter actually suffered a heart attack and this was the main cause of her death.With Karen’s sudden demise it brought focus on to eating problems and certainly for those who had never heard of anorexia before they became more aware. Yet even after Karen Carpenter’s premature death there were plenty of people who were unwilling to recognize just how potentially dangerous not just anorexia or other eating disorders can be.Today you will find that very little is actually being done in order to educate those who suffer and those who do not about these disorders. In many cases people would prefer to not acknowledge that there is such a problem.Along with anorexia today eating disorders such as bulimia and binge eating are becoming far more prevalent in our modern societies. Simply because people are trying to convey an image that they think people want to see. But the truth is with any eating disorder a person is actually placing considerable strain on to their bodies and this includes their heart. Over time because they do not get the right balance of nutrients in their body in order for it to function correctly they become much weaker and eventually they may find that their body just simply can not function any longer.The biggest problem that anyone who suffers from an eating disorder faces no matter whether they are famous or not is actually admitting in the first place that they have one. In many cases although those around them that love and care for them have noticed the changes in their eating habits, they themselves will not. They will simply provide answers which seem quite logical and which will hopefully show to others that they are in control of the situation.But is not just famous people with eating disorders nowadays. In fact, it can actually affect anyone no matter their age, gender or lifestyle. However, when you look at statistics it does seem to be more clearly noted that it women and young girls that suffer from these types of disorders. However it is these people who are now being provided with the help that they need in order to combat their problems because Karen Carpenter’s death highlighted just how serious the problem was becoming.

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