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Is the media to blame for eating disorders in teenagers?

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CARD 1: IS THE MEDIA TO BLAME FOR EATING DISORDERS IN TEENAGERS? Today teenagers are under immense pressure to become thin. They are told continually that to be accepted in today's society they must be thin. As a result, some teens resort to drastic dietary measures in an attempt to achieve this slenderness. Is it any wonder that eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are on the increase amongst young people, boys as well as girls. CARD 2: But is this preference for thinness totally influenced by its glamorisation by the media. It certainly plays a big part, for just as parents have a major impact on the physical and spiritual development of their children, the media now plays an important part in the development of a teen's body image. ...read more.


CARD 4: Again, on the television, how many times are larger people portrayed as figures of fun and the thin people as being smart, bright and intelligent. Even the story lines are often written in such a way so that the thinner person is usually accepted by the in crowd and the larger person is only accepted because they are with that person. Although in these pictures models may look fit, and healthy they aren't. According to medical standards they fit into the category of anorexia, due to the fact that they are maintaining a weight, which is 15% below their expected body weight. CARD 5: The world of entertainment is also a very powerful media. Singers, actors and actresses are all portrayed as being young, and very thin. ...read more.


Research shows that 47% of men are concerned with their body size and diet or exercise in an attempt to redefine their natural body shape. CARD 8: A photograph in a magazine doesn't create obsessions with weight and diet, they can certainly make them worse, but at the end of the day these emotions come from inside the person and not a magazine or a model. CARD 9: The media need to find a real concept of beauty that is based on the diverse shapes of the female race. Magazines and the fashion industry should provide readers with more realistic models, with figures that boost their confidence rather then crush it! CARD 10: So who is to blame? Perhaps we should look at the role we ourselves play before we start placing all the blame on the media. We may have forgotten that as much as a clich´┐Ż as it sounds, "It's what's on the inside that counts." ...read more.

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