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Eating Disorders and the Media
Many studies have found a correlation between eating disorders and the media and the way ideal body images have been portrayed. There a a variety of psychological factors that play into eating disorders, but the media has been found to contribute to the eating disorders.
A study regarding adolescent girls and health care issues published in The Commonwealth Fund found that media images help to create cultural definitions of beauty and attractiveness hence the idea of the social perception of beauty. Many teens including both females and males suffer from eating disorders. While media messages portraying the idea that being thin is the only way to be beautiful may not directly cause eating disorders, they have been found to play a role in creating the context in which people place a value on size and shape of their body figure. These studies on eating disorders and the media have found the media's power over the development of a person's self-esteem and body image can be incredibly strong and influencing.
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How the media encourages an unrealistic ideal body image, which may encourage eating disorders
To solve the problem with the media's strong influence on teens and young adults, awareness about healthy body image needs to brought to the forefront. Encouragement in the media to show plus size or average size models is also a good effort being seen in the media to help correct this issue.
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