Social Networking's Influence on Eating Disorders Essay

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As many as 10 million woman and girls suffer from anorexia or bulimia in the United States (Steele). Anorexia and bulimia are very serious eating disorders. Many women and young girls feel that these disorders are the only way for them to be accepted by others. However the strive for acceptance only ends up causing pain, emotional harm, or death to those affected. Being a sufferer of anorexia, I know the emotional and physical damage this disease can cause. The root cause of having an eating disorder is still undetermined, yet some doctors and physiologist believe the new focus on a perfect body, shown by the media is to blame. Society’s portrayal and promotion of a thin body image as the ideal female body contributes to eating…show more content…
As the fad of eating disorders continued, more people gained in support. Pro-eating disorder (pro-ED) emerged on the internet, saying that eating disorders are actually a lifestyle choice instead of a medical condition. Pro-anorexia (pro-ana) and pro-bulimia (pro-mia) Web sites, forums, clubs and chat groups were created to offer "thinspiration" in the form of dieting tips and images of severely thin models (Topping). People today are still suffering from anorexia and bulimia, afraid that if they gain any weight America will consider them to be obese. America’s obsession with the obesity epidemic scares many woman and girls in the U.S. into the belief that their body will never be good enough. Recently American leaders have been pressing the issue of obesity to children and adults across the country. First Lady Michelle Obama newly started “Let’s Move!” a program hoped to help youth in America become fit, healthy, and to decrease obesity (DeNoon). Doctors and psychologists feel that this new aim at being fit does more harm than good. “We live in a very weight obsessive society where the body size is getting larger, but what is considered the ideal body type (weight) isn’t.” (Fields, ScD). Fields, a psychologist at a local Washington hospital says that the “Let’s Move!” plan is a great start to stopping the spread of obesity, but it falls short in

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