Eating Disorders Essay

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Imagine a thirteen-year-old girl who weighs 60

pounds because she is starving herself. Every time

she looks in the mirror, she sees herself as fat.

Picture her parents watching their daughter literally

disintegrating into thin air. This is the life of a family

dealing with an eating disorder. Eating disorders

are a major problem with the young people of

today's society. While anorexia and bulimia are

sociological problems plaguing the world's youth,

there are also other eating disorders. This "fat

phobia", or fear of being over-weight, disturbs

people to the point where they are in a way,

committing suicide.

Eating disorders have been termed the disease

of the 1980's. An eating disorder is defined as "a
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It is considered that 54-86% of college

women binge eats (Eating and Sexuality 24). They

do this and still research shows that most college

aged women: 1) widely accept the idea that "guys

like thin girls", 2) think being thin is crucial to

physical attractiveness, and 3) believe that they are

not as thin as men would like them to be

(Macionis 350). While in fact most college women

want to be thinner then most college men say

women should be (Macionis 350). In the United

States alone, our society spends $33 billion on the

diet industry, $20 billion on cosmetics, and $300

billion on plastic surgery (Marshall 124). This just

proves the fetish Americans have with their looks.

Unfortunately being thin does play a role in our

society. According to Dr. John R. Marshall, it is a

fact that attractive defendants seem to receive

more positive courtroom judgements and a

company is more likely to hire a tall thin man then

a short pudgy man (Marshall 125). These factors

are just increasing the chance of eating disorders

throughout society.

The most common eating disorder being

experienced in today's youth is anorexia nervosa.

Anorexia is usually defined as "willful

starvation-deliberate and obsessive starvation in

the pursuit of thinness ( 1). This

"willful starvation" is seen as the only way to lose

weight. Anorexics who are close to their deaths

will show you the spots on their body where they

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