Media’s Influence on Adolescent Body Image Essay

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Today’s society is a consumers’ society in which trying to obtain perfection is one of the fastest selling businesses (DeLaMater Pg. 12). Mass media, advertising, and fashion industries are being accused of feeding off females dissatisfaction with their bodies by portraying unhealthy thin role models in order to sell their products. This unachievable physique and lifestyle has led today’s adolescence down a dark path of such extreme eating disorders as anorexia and bulimia. Although it may sound nice to be societies perception of thin, there are consequences to these eating disorders such as cardiac failure that lead to horrifying defects or even death.

In the 1950s, models such as Marilyn Monroe or Zhazha Gabor didn’t suffer from a
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Even if some girls were not classified as having an eating disorder 44% of adolescent girls believed they were heavy and 60% were exercising excessively trying to lose weight. (Katzman et al. Pg. 287). Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa are deemed as medical illnesses or used to describe a psychological disorder by of self-induced starvation in order to become thin. People that have either of these illnesses have an excessive fear of gaining weight although they differ in their causation. Anorexia is when the person starves themselves for days without eating and Bulimia is recurrent binge eating, followed by vomiting, purging, fasting, the use of laxatives, diuretics, and over exercising. Sadly they both cause great harm to the human body.

Even though most of the high morality rate for anorexia nervosa is due to suicide some of them are due to cardiac complications. Some of the complications due to an eating disorder are moderately benign such as bradycardia and hypotension. However some can cause lethal harm to ones heath such as Reduced sympathetic response, ventricular fibrillations, arrhythmias, or cardiac failure. Arrhythmias and Cardiac failure are the two most common of cardiac complications for adolescences with eating disorders. Ventricular Arrhythmias are defined as an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart; an irregular heart beat, “an arrhythmic heart beat.” When hooked up to
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