Anorexia and Bulimia: Is the Media to Blame?

When it comes to anorexia and bulimia, can this wide spread epidemic be blamed on the media? While the media can’t be entirely blamed for this ongoing problem, it definitely has an influence on people’s self esteems and how they view their bodies. Magazines, TV shows and movies all portray the “average” woman to be a perfect size 6. That just isn’t the case. The average woman is actually many sizes larger.

All Shapes and Sizes

Women do come in all different shapes and sizes: tall and thin, short and plump, etc. Even when a woman looks healthy, but not overweight, she can feel fat since her body doesn’t resemble the small bodies seen on TV, the big screen and in magazines. The actual “average” woman is a size 14, but this is not portrayed through the media.

Desperate to Lose Weight

Teenage girls are not the only ones who have turned to anorexia or bulimia. Women and men of a variety of ages have picked up this terrible choice in a hope to lose weight quickly. Many people feel overweight, even if in reality they are just carrying an extra 10 to 15 pounds. They get desperate to shed these extra pounds to look, what the media considers to be, sexy and to fit in. Unfortunately, many of these people turn to unhealthy methods to lose this unwanted weight.

The Average Person

As mentioned, the actual “average” woman is a size 14, but is that the norm that is broadcasted all over the media? How many “average” women do you see with sexy roles on the television set? On teen shows? Sadly, larger women are only casted (most of the time) when the role calls for a larger woman. A lot of shows and magazines feature women who of are abnormally small sizes. In reality, they look this way because they spend a great deal of time (and money) with professional trainers and they constantly engage in special diets.

With all the magazine covers, billboards, diet and exercise items for sale, and the television actresses and singers showing off their Barbie-like bodies, it is no wonder easily persuaded young adults turn to such drastic measures. It is important to realize that these bodies are not realistic, and you are beautiful just the way you are!

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