The influence of media is a possible contribution to thedevelopment of eating disorder. Adolescents often refer to the body image theysee in the media as how they should portray themselves as. The televisionfeatures thin or muscular bodies to make the audiences feel that they need tolook like a certain body type. The society that we live in are brainwashingthese children into thinking that being thin is strongly needed, as the societystill continues to tell us how we need to look.
Teenagers usually spend a massamount of time on their social media. Social media are a part of the forum forself comparison contrary to the ideal body image (Coleen Thompson, 1997).People also need to understand that substantial amount of diets out there areunhealthy. They eliminate the exact nutrients your body needs to survive; healthproblems may occur due to constant unhealthy dieting. Diet and fashion industry is not exactly whoto blame for the society’s overly obsessive need of being thin. It’s awfullyunfortunate that people forget that the insides of an individual is truly whatmatters.
Parents should try to teach their children to love their body and whothey are, as well as developing resilience and self acceptance. Parents are not the cause of eating disordersin their children, they also can’t prevent them from happening. As eatingdisorder are partially driven biologically.
Although, parents should remindtheir children that everybody come in in all shapes and sizes, accepting who theytruly are is a lot more important than worrying about how others look. Stopbelieving all the lies displayed by magazines, televisions, diet products andetc. The producers need a wake up call that it is very unsafe to put theseproducts out there, as consumers may have a chance into developing an eatingdisorder, due to trusting the commercialized products into believing they willhave their “ideal body”.
Start by loving yourself for who you truly are, not bythe shape or size of your body. Happiness comes from within.People who suffer from anorexia usually has difficultymaintaining weight. Individuals usually have difficulty keeping up with anappropriate weight for their BMI.
The restrictions of the food they consume andthe number of calories in their food earned massive attention. Compulsiveexercising, intentional vomiting, use of laxatives and binge eating develops (Anorexia: Overview andStatistics, 2016). The standard classification of mental disorders usedby mental health professionals has criteria’s that must be met, as individuals isdiagnosed. According to the Diagnosticand Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition), has thesefollowing criteria’s that are must be met; Restricting consumptions of food,referring to their own self-requirements, afraid to gain weight, although underweight,unusual body weight/shape due to being underweight and lastly being denial oftheir true weight.
If these criteria are not met fully, an eating disorder maystill occur. The term “atypical anorexia” refers to individuals who meets thecriteria but is not underweight, in spite of their weight loss. None of theresearches have found a significant difference of impacts between anorexia andatypical anorexia medically and psychologically. Psychologist and otherfollowing historians founded evidence of individuals developing symptoms ofanorexia from a long time ago. Anorexia is proven that it may affect all ages,genders and ethnicities.
But then again, anorexia does not occur in a specificstage in life but it is proven to be frequently developing in the adolescencestage. Individuals who suffers from anorexia goes through multiple stages into findingways to maintain their body weight. The DSM-5 criteria are commonly use todiagnose individuals who experience anorexia.
As shown above, anorexia correlates with the environmental& biological factors, the role of media and its impact on society andresilience, adaptations and self acceptance in adolescents. The development of anorexiais resulted by two factors, environmental and biological, the influence ofmedia is a possible contribution to the development of eating disorder and peoplewho suffer from anorexia usually has difficulty maintaining weight. Learning tolove and accept who we truly are is extremely important, everyone will begin tolove their own bodies, no matter what size they are.