Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Be Thin or Die Trying

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            In today’s society the media depicts women and critiques them on their body image. Young girls especially are affected by the media because they are trying to live up the social “norm” of being skinny. Many girls compare their bodies to those of super models and actresses. There is a problem with that though, most of the women that young girls are trying to look like are starving themselves as well and are not healthy. The media should be at fault for young women having eating disorders and self-confidence issues. Pictures are constantly being taken of models, dancers, and actresses and being plastered all of the world of what the perfect ideal body should be.

 As a result, young women, and even some men, are hard on themselves for not living up to the standard at which they are being held to. They go to extreme measures such as: starving themselves for months, participating in crash diets, and others forms of dieting methods to lose weight. As a result of this happening, alarming statistics are popping up now about young women and eating disorders. According to The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women now suffer from eating disorders in the United States. An action needs to be taken to curtail this vicious cycle of young children falling victim to the perfect body image that society and the media has created.


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