Media Influence On Eating Disorders

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An eating disorder is psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Eating disorders have to do with bad thoughts or feelings about the body which causes eating habits. Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are types of eating disorders that dramatically changes weight and can affect your health permanently. People with Anorexia are afraid of gaining weight and a twisted thinking about their shape and body. To maintain a low body weight they start fasting, dieting, and/or excessively exercising. People with Bulimia nervosa are either normal weight or overweight. They eat a large amount of food and begin to become depressed and fast, purge and vomit. Also, they begin to feel guilty or a shame. How these disorders …show more content…
Research says that media contributes to the rise of eating disorders. Celebrities on media are thin and this can lead young girls to believe that being thin shows real beauty. Also with boys, boys may try to look more fit and begin to excessively exercise and restrict food. These disorders are often created due to lack of self-esteem and confidence. To prevent these things parents can give their kids the message that they are perfect the way they are and not to try to be or look like someone else. Another way is to be supportive with their eating choice. If your child wants to be a vegetarian help them instead of denying their decision. Also, make exercise fun and lead by example on how to handle your body. If your child sees you taking care of your boy most likely they will. Eating disorders can result in bad health conditions. Anorexia nervosa causes your body to starve and lack nutrition. Your body can drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. Loss of hair and growth of soft hair that can grow all over the skin called lanugo hair. Also, swollen joints, brittle bones, and