Weight and Society
The stress on women to appear and act in particular ways is so intensely embedded in their psyches that it's simple to miss the force that mass culture has on how they feel about themselves and their bodies. TV, magazines and newspapers, even surfing the Net, bombard women all the time with airbrushed imagery of ideal beauty and thinness. Inevitably they tend to take in the unrelenting communication that such beauty is the standard, and is attainable, if they could only be thin (Women, Websites and Body Image, 2008). This idea perpetuated by mainstream media that women need to be super thin in order to beautiful often leads to eating disorders. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which the media causes women to have eating disorders and what can be done to break the deadly cycle.
Annually, millions of people in the United States yield to potentially life threatening eating disorders. It is thought that between almost six percent of people suffer with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in the United State. This entails that almost 16 million people are afflicted with these illnesses. Almost 25 million more people suffer from Binge Eating Disorder. Around ninety percent of those troubled with these eating disorders are female (Eating Disorder Statistics, (Eating Disorder Statistics, 2010).
Body weight has long been an indicator of social status. This moral connection of thinness with firm character and weightiness as the personification of greed, laziness, and idiocy is very present in society today. In the United States, where there is an innate community belief in self-sufficiency, body mass is particularly likely to be thought of as under individual control and reflecting morality, in spite of research signifying that a great deal of the difference in body mass is biologically determined. Thinness is a cultural worth in the modern United States. It is an excellence that is widely respected by members of this society. Women are often held to higher values of thinness and suffer greater penalties if they fall short, in terms of marriage prospects as well as employment (Women, Websites and Body Image, 2008).
The mass media offer significant chief resources for cultural and social force. Television, radio, magazines, newspapers, and Internet content supply a susceptible barometer of social procedure and change. Conscious of these strengths, early feminists looked at the fashion media, indicating how fashion magazines and advertisements suggest to people the magnitude of thinness and the disgrace of obesity for women. Many experts have argued that such images add to negative body image and eating problems among young girls (Saguy and Gruys, 2010).
There are references to weight all over television, radio, print, and the Internet. It may appear that a great deal of the media is just feeding the needs of women, but, in reality they are feeding a disease that consumes more and more Americans every day. Americans and much of the western world are not only fixated with weight but with looks in general, which feeds into the focus on the outside rather than the inner qualities of a person. The majority of the media force in reality has to do with advertisers. Advertisers fuel impractical outlooks in order to get women to purchase their products. And most women think that being thin will help them fit into mainstream America (Coakley, 2007).
The influence of the media cannot only be seen in America but around the world as well. Eating disorders are one of the most widespread mental troubles facing young women in Tokyo, Japan. According to a Japan Certified Clinical Psychologist, a lot of women who came for therapy often give their basis for doing so as having problems with having fit interpersonal relations with family or in social surroundings such as at college or in the workplace. There is still an immense disgrace connected to seeking therapy in Japan, and for this many people do not get the help they require or merit. It also makes it almost impractical to find out precisely how many victims there are of eating disorders in Japan (Cultural Roles, 2007).
In Argentina the frequency of Anorexia and Bulimia is thought to be out of control. The proportion of sufferers based on populace is almost three times larger than that of the United States. Women across Argentina often resort, at all costs, to look their best and are fixated with their bodies. Many have said that the Italian settles in Argentina at the turn of the century brought with them finesse for style and an admiration of beauty. And some Argentine feminists say that machismo is to blame for the outbreak, persuading an environment where women are appreciated for how they look, not who they are. Women that don't fit the cruel Argentine model end up in their own world of self-hate (Cultural Roles, 2007).
Eating Disorders are also on the rise in China and experts think that this may have to do with the increase of diet fads all through that area. Publicity of diet products that deluge the market stress to the public that life is better when a person is thin, so sufferers faced with troubles in their life may turn to dieting as a solution. It is not thought that all people who diet end up with an eating disorder, but people with a low self-worth who may have been vulnerable to alcoholism or drug addiction, will now also be more at jeopardy for ending up with an eating disorder (Cultural Roles, 2007).
It is hard to deny that the media has a persuasion on eating disorders, but there's a lot more to it than just that. With roughly six billion people around the world, there are thought to be ten million of them experiencing some type of eating disorder, the media clearly doesn't cause all people to have Anorexia, Bulimia or compulsive overeating. Current data show that just about one in every one hundred teenage girls may have an eating disorder. It is a lot more difficult than faulting the media. The media most definitely adds to dieting and size bias but eating disorders are not just cutting back (the Media, d2007).
Children are often trained by society at a very young age that their looks make a difference. With an augmented populace of kids who waste a lot of time in front of television, there are more of them coming up with a shallow sense of who they are. Depictions on television spend innumerable hours telling people to lose weight, be thin and good-looking, purchase more things because people will like them and they will be enhanced people for it. Shows on TV hardly ever shows men and women with standard body shapes, putting in the back of people's minds that this is the kind of life they desire. Overweight people are normally shown as indolent. They are the ones with no acquaintances, or the bad guy, while thin women victorious, well-liked, sexy and influential ones (the Media, 2007).
In all the popular magazines super models have continued to get thinner and thinner. Modeling agencies are known to aggressively chase anorexic models. The average female model weighs up to twenty five percent under the usual woman and maintains a weight at about fifteen to twenty percent beneath what is thought to be fit for her age and height. A number of models undergo plastic surgery, while some getting tapped in order shape their bodies into more photogenic images of themselves, and photos are airbrushed before being released to print. Undoubtedly, these body shapes and descriptions are not the standard and inaccessible to the average person, but the steady strength of these depictions on civilization makes women think they should be (the Media, 2007).
Another part of the societal dilemma is the consequence of lack of learning. It is thought that kids need to be conscious of the transformations that their bodies go through during puberty and why. They should feel proud of their bodies no matter what dimension or figure they are. People in main stream society, whether deliberately or unintentionally, enable the model of slenderness by way of their discussions, judgments and bantering of their friends and family members. The correlate of disgrace with weight adds to the notion that they should be embarrassed about the size of their body. The unending inactive fixation about heaviness within families and among friends prolongs to stress the thought that how women look and what they weigh is of highest significance (the Media, 2007).
A large proportion of the American society falls into one of two groups. Couch potato or exercise nut. There is no dependable illustration set to children that reasonable usual exercise is good for them and vital for their well being. They either see adults thoroughly infatuated with burning calories and fat, or ignoring their health by way of a lack of movement. This is also the age of the video game and the internet by which…