National Center for Biotechnology Information." National Center for
Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web.05 July 2014
This article demonstrates a study on the role of the media in eating disorders. This directly relates to the topic that I chose. It takes into consideration all of the ways media can affect eating disorders. The media can be targeted as a cause of the development of eating disorders. However, it can also help feed and maintain the disorders. The media, if used properly, can also help with the treatment and prevention of the disorders. This article holds a great deal of reliable information from the sources referenced. The format is clear and easy to read. It is separated into sections to provide a better understanding. This work is supported by the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders are on the rise. What can be done to help those who are suffering?
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"Dying to Be Thin." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 07 July 2014.
This is a broadcast transcript about a dancer who suffered with an eating disorder. She dreamed of being a dancer and starved herself in order to lose weight to keep up with competition. She developed anorexia nervosa. There are several girls with eating disorders talking to doctors in hopes of finding some relief of their disease. Even these dancers may have been influenced in some way by the media. They watch television and see shows advertising thin dancers and gymnists who have eating disorders. They see models and strive to be as skinny as them, but if they do not reach their goal, they become a disappointment to themselves. This broadcast shows that there might be different social influences at work within the rise of eating disorders. The important idea is that these people need help in overcoming their disorders and something needs to be done about it.
This transcript comes from PBS which is a national public broadcasting channel.
Media Causing Eating Disorders." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2014
This is a YouTube video illustrating the role of the media in eating disorders. Young people are influenced by the advertisements depicting the overly thin models. This is what is popular or trendy. Young girls begin to believe it is the only way to be beautiful and accepted in society. This video displays images of the mind processes of people with eating disorders. It also displays how frighteningly thin some of them become. This video demonstrates exactly what young people are looking at when they begin to develop eating disorders. It also shows how many of these girls take it too far. The point of the video is strong and clear. This video would be a good tool in reaching out to young people suffering from these eating disorders.
Bordo, Susan “The Globalization of Eating Disorders ” The McGraw-Hill Reader Issues across Disciplines. 11TH ed. Ed Gilbert Muller New York McGraw Hill. 2011.
This is an essay regarding the spread of eating disorders across countries. It emphasized the fact that people from other countries and remote places are developing eating disorders. This was once rare to think of, however it is becoming more and more common. The population that used to be affected was mainly young white girls of high economic status that could afford magazines and other forms of social media. However, as developing countries become more technologically advanced, these eating disorders are making their way to the youth of the nations. The author is stating her opinion on how the rise in mass media has caused the rise in eating disorders. These countries did not have any eating disorders on record before the advancement in mass media. Broadcasting of western media brings new ideas to these people of what is attractive. The McGraw-HIll Reader is a respected textbook used by college professors and students. This is a reliable and useful source of information.
Teens are undeniably influenced by those around them, and by what they see on social media from television to the internet. So what happens when western media infiltrates a remote island society? The result, according to research from Harvard Medical School, is all too familiar.
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Park, Alice, and Alice Park. "How Social Networks Spread Eating Disorders | TIME.com." Time. Time, n.d. Web. 07 July 2014.
This is an article from Time.com, which is the web page for Time Magazine. Time Magazine is a trusted source for interesting stories in the news. The topic that this article touches on is the evidence of social networking becoming a cause of the spread of eating disorders to underdeveloped societies. As countries, such as Fiji, gain access to western media, more young girls are beginning to change their eating habits. These girls are showing signs of the same eating disorders that are already plaguing the western countries. Even the people living in the less fortunate rural areas of the country are not immune because of social networking. They may not have the same access to the media as the rest, but through communication with peers down the line, they learn what is trending. Then they begin to mimic the same course of action as the people with full access to the media, and the disease spreads again. This site provides background information on the spread of eating disorders across the world. It gives the names of the responsible parties conducting surveys regarding the issue of eating disorders in remote societies.
Could Social Media Anxiety Disorder (or Social Media Anxiety Syndrome) be the next illness we create?
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Social Media Anxiety Disorder (SMAD): The Next New Medical Condition?" CommonHealth RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 July 2014
This site shows how social media can actually be the cause of psychological disorders other than eating disorders. This is a blog that one woman wrote about her encounter with anxiety after signing up for a Pinterest. She implies that people have become too focused on social interactions. They rely on the opinions of others to base their emotions and actions. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been known to cause depression and anxiety for some people. This may be the next plague in the line of disorders caused by social media. This blog represents how out-of-control the media has become with influencing the public in a negative way. This blog sparks ideas on what we have in store for the future if we do not take some sort of action. It is very interesting and relevant to my topic because it shows the seriousness of the issue. The author of the blog, Martha Bebinger, graduated from Harvard University and currently maintains a career in healthcare.
An emaciated boy named Michael sits in a hospital bed, intently playing a video game. Only 15, he looks like a wizened old man: the color of his skin gray, his hair falling out and the his arm and leg muscles all but melted away. He was referred for a possible diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. Michael has a much simpler explanation: ''Really, doc, I'm fine. I just don't want to eat anything that will corrode my arteries and give me a heart attack.''
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Markel, Howard. "Anorexia Can Strike Boys, Too." The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 July 2000. Web. 08 July 2014.
This page is New York Times article about a boy who was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Contrary to mass media, the cause of this particular boy's problem was fear of fatty buildup and clogged arteries from eating unhealthy foods. His grandfather died of a heart attack in front of him, and the affect was traumatic for him. Although, the internet did play a role in the reasearch he conducted on those health issues relating to his grandfather's incident. He ate little to nothing in order to avoid a diet high in cholesterol or fat content. As a result, his muscle mass, organs, and overall health rapidly deteriorated. Doctors did what they could to help this young man, but his mind was fixed in this perception and ultimately lead to an early death. The article shows how serious eating disorders are and how they affect a wide variety of people without discriminating against any race or gender. It also gives us a different look at where eating disorders stem from. Eating disorders may not always be the product of media influences on what is considered to be acceptable appearance.
Globalization and Eating Disorders." Globalization101. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2014
This is a site backed by the Levin Institute. It is copyrighted and all of the research is cited at the bottom. This is a very interesting article with facts and statistics on eating disorders all over the world. It gives a thourough breakdown of the different types of eating disorders and what they actually are. It gives the reader facts on what causes eating disorders and why they are becoming so widespread. Also, it offers insight on what needs to be done to stop the rapid spread of eating disorders across the nations. This would require great effort in collaboration of governments across the world. This site answers a lot of questions people may have about eating disorders. It is very informative and very useful in the debate on whether media is becoming a major problem in the globalization of eating disorders. The page is put together very well and easy to read and understand.
Magzine." Wiki-land-wikispaces.com. N.p., 7 July 2013. Web. 8 July 2014
This is the front page of People magazine imaging the extremely thin frames of famous women. Even this popular magazine has resorted to addressing the seriousness of eating disorders. Ironically, these types of magazines often advertise the attractiveness of being slim and fit. This edition is announcing that some people may be taking it too far. It represents the fact that more and more people are falling into grasp of these eating disorders in deadly ways. Many people, including movie stars and famous singers, have lost their lives over the long-term effects of eating disorders. There may be too much pressure on people to be thin. This goes not only for the people reading magazines and gathering advice from social media, but also for the models who strive to stay skinny and appealing to the rest of the world. It also represents that there are no boundaries regarding class of wealth when it comes to the risk of eating disorders. This site is sponsored by different magazines which makes it a clear, reliable source of information.
National Centre for Eating Disorders - The Media & Eating Disorders." National Centre for Eating Disorders. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2014
This is an article from the National Centre for Eating Disorders. This is a reliable organization to obtain information on eating disorders. This article is taking another look at what is really true and what is not. According to this source, there is no real evidence supporting an increase in eating disorders. There may be more cases coming to the surface because of an increase in knowlege about the disorders. This article states statistics on media usage in America. It also relates the power the media may have over eating disorders. Many are looking for a solution to the widespread influences of the media on people. However, many advertising companies are not willing to change their policies because the current policies have become popular. They believe people would not accept the change.
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