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Lifestyles of the Well.. and Not So Well - A critical analysis of the media's role in the rise of anorexia

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YEAR 12 MULTISTRAND SCIENCE Unit : Lifestyles of the Well.. and Not So Well Assignment Topic : Media - A Critical Review Due Date : Monday September 8 2003 Mark Allocation : 10 (Scientific Process) ANOREXIA NERVOSA Media has a significant impact on people's perceptions and views of an issue. This is especially true when discussing the topic of 'body image'. This supposed 'perfect' shape in which many females and even males try to achieve is the main theme. The media can are not adequate if we do not look like the stick thin models in magazines and on run ways. Researches agree that the number of patients with anorexia nervosa is increasing. Recent estimates suggest that anorexia nervosa affects one out of 200 Australian girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Is this due to media and its influences? In this assignment I will examine and report on an eating disorder, (I have chosen anorexia nervosa) and will be discussing mainly the media's impact on the publics' view of this disease and the stigma attached to it and its treatment. Symptoms, causes and treatments will also be discussed in the following paragraphs. A normal person takes a stroll down the streets of her home town, which has an abundant number of advertisements. ...read more.

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The reason it is increasing is because the idols of today are much thinner and in shape than those of 30, 40, 50 years ago. For example, in the fifties Marilyn Monroe was the perfect American woman. She was also size twelve. Today, an example of the perfect American woman would be Jennifer Aniston, who is a size 2. These problems are increasing dramatically- it was only recently that a 30 second television advertisement featuring nine year old girls and boys included thoughts and opinions about dieting at such a young adolescent age. The ad which provoked a lot of discussion through out the public was seen to have the boys offer soup to the girls, who decline saying, they can't accept, they're watching their weight. The boys reply, "Lots of Campbell's soups are low in calories!" The girls then hungrily ask for some, while the announcer adds: "Because over 30 savoury Campbell's soups have less than 100 calories or 3 grams of fat or less per serving. So you can feel full on fewer delicious calories!" As mentioned advertisements are a big problem, more specifically however are diet advertisements. On television, in magazines and newspapers, we are continually exposed to the notion that losing weight will make us happier and it will be through "THIS diet plan". ...read more.

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What real women's bodies look like is labelled wrong and unattractive. In conclusion, I believe teenage girls are deluged by images from television, movies, and magazines; battling with an increasingly unrealistic standard of beauty, and pay a price. This says a lot about our culture. Our society worries too much about impressing everyone else with looks. It is seen everyday in movies and media, the "stars" that people watch and try to look like are perfect to us. People want to look like these "stars" and will go to any cost to become similar to that "star"; even if it means harming their bodies. Our society goes too far. Some people are way too harsh on other people. Instead of accepting people for who they are, people judge by looks alone. This is what causes our society to be infatuated with being skinny and having to look like that supermodel on television. From this research we can see that the media does play a major fact in the development of an eating disorder. Although it is proven that families and friends can also play a part, in the modern day and age we are in, we are bombarded constantly with images of how we should look and how we will be accepted. It is because of this that I believe that the media and its influences play a significantly higher role that other factors like friends and family. ...read more.

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