Peer Pressure And Media Cause Eating Disorders

1759 Words Jan 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Katressa Baker
Mrs.Shultz/Mrs.Seymore
English 5th Period
30 January 2015 Peer Pressure and Media Cause Eating Disorders

A USA Today article reported, “According to a 2011 study in Archives of General Psychiatry about 6% of youths suffer from eating disorders. The report went on to say the 55% of high school girls and 30% of boys had eating disorder symptoms. They used diet pills, vomiting, laxatives, fasting and binge-eating to help them lose weight.” (Healy). Going along with the previous statistic, The Random House Dictionary defines peer pressure as “a social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted” (“Peer Pressure”). The aftermath of being constantly pressured by fellow peers can lead to various health conditions for both children and teens. This pressure doesn’t just have to be from unfriendly peers, it can also be friends or even family members. Children and teens want to be accepted and they often feel pressured to fit in. They often want to be one of the more popular students in their class. By being thin, they feel that they can achieve this. Then when someone is being pressured into believing that he/she is not thin enough; that can lead to serious health conditions. Also, when someone is continuously being told that they are fat they may end up believing that it is true. However, these health conditions are not only caused by peer pressure. In the end it is peer…
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