the FEMALE DISEASE : ANOREXIA
(ANOREXIA: THE ROLE OF MEDIA)
Anorexia Nervosa – often simply called anorexia – eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. Such people who are suffering from this condition tend to have the fear of gaining weight and they go to real extremes in their objective to control weight and shape. They go to extreme efforts that lead to significantly general interference with their day-to-day activities of their lives. To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with Anorexia tend to stop eating certain foods or perform excessive exercises. Anorexia leads to very serious disorders. These include – (heart diseases and kidney diseases). People can die from these disorders if not treated early.
The role of media on Anorexia is significantly playing a huge role in perpetrating everything about eating disorders. The media has being fuelling about the image of beauty to be associated with thinness. In the 21-st century, honestly speaking, most famous and popular magazines have images and pictures propagating the value and importance of having a slender body. It is difficult to come across an article talking on the importance of fatness. This definitely has a damaging effect on the 21st century adolescents who watch television, read newspapers and magazines. This has led to most adolescent girls being extremely cautious with their weight to the extremes. Not only do the media glorify a slender ideal body, they also emphasize its importance, and the importance of appearances in general. Naomi Wolf argues that our culture disempowers women by holding them prisoner to an unattainable beauty ideal (Wolf 1990). There is a lot of evidence demonstrating that the media glorify thinness and weight loss and emphasize the importance of beauty and appearance. ( Spettigue & Henderson, 2004)
Research is increasingly clear that media does indeed contribute and that exposure to and pressure exerted by media increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Numerous correlational and experimental studies have linked exposure to the thin ideal and disordered eating among women. The effect on media on women’s body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization and disordered eating appears to be stronger among (young adults than children and adolescents). This may suggest that long-term exposure during childhood lays foundation for negative effects of media during early childhood. (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/) the western media have contributed in fueling the spread of anorexia from the portrayal of ideal body types in most of the programs they air. Social media has also played a role in spreading the disorder. Media can also help prevent this condition. For example, there are Pro- Anorexic websites that have been formed to help with the provision of advice and tips on unhealthy weight management. (Levine, Piran & Steiner, 1999: handbook: preventing eating disorders)
It is important to understand the impact of body image in the media. We are absolutely bombarded with media images these days and those images have a huge effect on our mental health and the way we see ourselves. Depression and anxiety hits people. People worry excessively about their appearance and may become anxious and depressed if they feel they do not measure up the ideals they see in the popular media. The images on media are more destructive to children because most adults can be able to distinguish between fact and fiction and to recognize when media images are unrealistic. (Body image in the media: causes of eating disorders – mobile.dudamobile.com)
To sum up, I believe the media can play a very big role in the prevention, development, management and treatment of Anorexia. This is because it has a lot of attention and most people take the media information as the gospel truth. They can also go ahead and talk about how important a fat body can be by not necessarily being thin. Continuously advocating on how slender bodies are great should not be the course every day. This would change a lot of people’s perception and people would start appreciating their appearances. Media activism, campaigns and Advocating to the societal level or even coming up with programs that encourage people who are planning to slim that there is still beauty in their body shape. With this, the media will improve one’s body satisfaction and Self-pride among many people.
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