Friday, September 16, 2011
Eating away your feelings... or not
So, while I was commenting on someone else's post, I thought about the idea of eating disorders and decided that I wanted to look into it a little more. According to http://www.eatingdisordershelpguide.com/causes.html, "as many as 10% of girls and women in the US have eating disorders." Also, around 50,000 people with some type of eating disorder will die because of it. While there are some genetic reasons and physical reasons for eating disorders, a lot of girls develop them because of tv and magazines. They see all of the models and actresses looking picture perfect, no matter what, and they want to be like that too. They can never be skinny enough, or pretty enough to please themselves, so they starve themselves, or make themselves sick to try to change it. It's horrible that society has come to that- to girls having to look picture perfect. Boys rarely, if ever, feel the need to look perfect like girls do. Even here around Cornell on a Friday or Saturday night, when I see a group of people going down to college town, the girls are all in little skimpy outfits while all of the boys are wearing jeans and t-shirts. It's sad that society has come to making girls feel this kind of pressure to the point that they make themselves sick over it.