Eating Disorders : A Struggle Women Face All Around The World

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Niha Humayun WRC 1023 Professor Glasscock 11/06/15 Societies “Perfect Girl” Eating disorders are no secret in this generation; it is a struggle women face all around the world. However the problem is becoming increasingly more prevalent in America as time continues. People do not die from suicide; they die from sadness. According to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health one in two hundred American women suffer from anorexia and twenty percent of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications caused by their eating disorder commonly between the ages of twelve to twenty-five. No girl at such a young age should have such “thin” expectations of herself. Images of women in magazines as well as the toys children play with are responsible for these expectations from adolescence to adulthood. Barbie dolls give a false impression of beauty to young girls and even older women. Since 1959 (when Barbie was created) young girls are subject to the idea of tall, thin, and properly proportioned to be beautiful. The problem is Barbie’s proportions are physically unobtainable. According to Huffington Post, “if Barbie was an actual women she would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe…she likely would not menstruate... she 'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions” (Gregoire 1). A real woman needs to be twenty-four inches taller, take 6 inches off her waste, and add 5 inches to her chest (Gregoire 1). Below is what

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