Women 's Idea Of A Healthy Body Image

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Women’s idea of a healthy body image consists of her “social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, and physical well-being.” Body image is not just based on biological factors, but as well as their social, political, and economic part of lives. Sociocultural environment can be a factor of the way women and youth foster ideas about body image. Media, fashion industries, and cosmetic companies are the corporations who have anything to gain from women’s dissatisfaction with their body image (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953603007020: p. 1047). We live in a society that continues to prize thinness even though American people are becoming heavier than ever before (http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/eating.aspx: p.1). Everyone…show more content…
4) It effects both genders; however women and girls are 2½ times more likely to get an eating disorder than boys and men (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders-new-trifold/index.shtml: p.1). While there is a small percentage of men that develop eating disorders, women are the majority of individuals who acquire eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Each has a different effect. Individuals who have anorexia nervosa may perceive their body as overweight even if they are thin and underweight. People with this disorder often weight themselves, refuse to eat and restrict the amount of food received, may refuse to eat in front of others, and exercise compulsively (http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/eating.aspx: p. 1). Some people may misuses laxatives, diuretics, or enemas (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders-new-trifold/index.shtml: p. 1). Anorexia has the highest mortality rate. Some may die from starvation others die of suicide. Suicide is most common in women with anorexia than in people with other mental illnesses. (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml: p. 1). Bulimia nervosa consists of excessive eating of large amounts of food while feeling a lack of control over their eating. Following the episodes of eating excessively, the individuals with
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