Ever wondered what really causes eating disorders? The media, especially women’s magazines cause them. In the journal article “The Pursuit of Perfection: A Narrative Analysis of How Women’s Magazines Cover Eating Disorders” by Ronald Bishop the root of eating disorders is exposed.
In this article, Bishop reveals that many young women feel the pressure of being thin due to magazines that focus on dieting and losing weight (Bishop, 222). It’s not just affecting women, but young kids who are 9 and 10 years old (Bishop, 222). These kids feel as if they need to diet or lose weight because media makes them think that seeing bones is the only thing that is “pretty”. It’s said that “[…]nearly 80% of adolescent girls harbor negative feelings about their bodies; 75% say they feel fat, and 70% are dieting” (Bishop, 222).
Harrison and Cantor found that girls and women portray the same thinness-related behavior that they see in actresses in magazines and on TV shows (Bishop, 223). This constant battle women and girls are facing is what is causing women’s self confidence to go down and insecurities to rise. This is why Bishop encourages parents monitor what their children are exposed to (Bishop, 223). If women and girls can stop judging themselves based on media then they will be self-confident in their bodies and not feel as if they can’t ever be skinny enough.
Bishop, Ronald. “The Pursuit Of Perfection: A Narrative Analysis of How Women’s Magazines Cover Eating Disorders.” Howard Journal Of Communications 12.4 (2001): 221-240. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
Change has always affected myself from the changing of schools to the changing of our environment. When I moved from Massachusetts to Boulder around four weeks ago, I noticed that there was an enormous difference in climate. I wanted to know if this change in climate would actually affect me mentally or physically. Well, by experience the altitude, it affected me the most mentally because it changed my eating patterns and gave me random headaches. This also effected my sleep patterns too because of the change in time. This led me to ponder over the fact that since we are in a devoloping environment, will we be affected by any mental or physical impact by this change? The answer is yes said Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2011, “Climate change has the potential to affect the indoor environment because conditions inside buildings are influenced by conditions outside them”. Not only will these effects change the outdoor environment, but it will also change the indoor environment drastically said Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2011, “It finds that steps taken to mitigate climate change may cause or exacerbate harmful indoor environmental conditions” People need to realize what is going on in the world today because the World is changing.
In the academic article and study, “”From Animal House to Old School: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences,” written and composed by Timothy Osberg, Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Isana, they ask the question: does “exposure to college drinking movies exerts indirect effects on freshman drinking”(Osberg, Billingsley,Isana, 922). They also believed exposure to college movies that glorified the drinking of alcohol would make even the nondrinking high school student create the idea that drinking is essential to the college experience.
In order to test their ideas surrounding the relationship between college movies glorifying drinking and freshman year alcohol consumption they came up with the hypothesis that “increased exposure to movies that glorify college drinking [would] impact…viewers’ beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 923). They conducted a study on 181 men and 298 women who were incoming freshman by showing them a range of movies from the classic Animal House to more recent ones such as Van Wilder. A month after viewing such movies the participants were given a questionnaire, and another a month later. Due to the mean results on both tests it was shown that exposure to such movies does have a correlation with freshman year drinking.
At the end of their almost semester-long study of about 479 college freshmen they proved their hypothesis. In their conclusion they wrote, “exposure to movies glorifying the college drinking culture was found to have direct and indirect effects on the drinking behaviors of college freshmen”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 930).
As an 18 year old freshmen at CU Boulder, I can’t even imagine living without Facebook or any other social media website because I have grown up with it and it is part of my life. I don’t only use Facebook or twitter to just stalk on people, like the majority of people on there which is really wierd. I use Facebook/ Twitter as a contacting website. Sometimes in the summer I lose my phone for a couple of days, but then realize that I don’t even need it because I can just talk to everyone online. I am not saying that social media is a bad thing, all I’m saying is that people are getting too absorbed by information off of the internet, that they are forgetting to realize what is actually going on. Also this ties into the fact of who people try to be or represent themselves to be. By having a Facebook, you try to represent who you are by posting a profile picture, cover photo and your most recent posts. So you pretty much create a fake version of yourself to try to impress people. But who is to say that they have never done this in real life. I have a Facebook and Twitter account and this is what I have noticed happening the last five years of my life.
Did you know that 95% of people who suffer from eating disorders are 12 to 25 years old? That 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 consider themselves fat and 80% of 13-year-olds have tried to lose weight?
Think about it. 12 years olds. Media, especially women’s magazines, are promoting 7th graders to be “healthy” and by healthy I mean thin enough that they have no fat and you can see their bones.
It is sad to think that media is influencing girls and women in such a negative way that they would starve themselves to be “healthy”. Women’s magazines are supposed to be helpful and although some are, a lot of magazines are making girls feel as if their own bodies are not good enough. The strive to be “fit” or “skinny enough” is a struggle that many of us face.
One example of a magazine that says they promote a positive body image is Cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitan says they are about girls with healthy bodies, but yet altered Demi Lovato’s body on the cover of a 2010 issue. Demi Lovato revealed in an article in Cosmopolitan about her struggle with anorexia and bulimia. How are other girls and women going to be confident in their bodies if it appears as Demi Lovato is not even comfortable in her own? Magazines like Cosmopolitan are leading girls and women to think that the only way you will be accepted in society is by being really skinny.
This is only one of the many women’s magazines that misleads girls by altering bodies of celebrities and people to make others believe that you can lose weight really easy or that you have to be super skinny.
I will admit I personally have struggled with weight and the focus media puts on it. It is very hard for me to even look at myself without thinking I’m not skinny enough and that I need to go on a diet. Every time I see magazines at the grocery store I’m reminded that society promotes skinny, not average size. I would be lying if I said I haven’t tried dieting or not eating to lose weight. With all the pressure that is put on people to be skinny it is hard not to want to look like one of those almost anorexic girls on the cover of women’s magazines.
Although I spent most of my youth watching old Westerns on “my pick” family movie nights, more than any Dudley Doo Right antics, I thrived on the nights when my dad would secretly screen raunchy college flicks with me, something we would avidly deny if my mom or sister ever caught on. It was from these movies – this culture of endless parties, no responsibility, and hidden from my household authorities – after which I developed a vision of my own college years. Since my arrival on Colorado University of Boulder’s campus, I have realized that things aren’t as simple as Hollywood led me to believe. Sure the fraternity houses exist and time off seems endless, but the reality is that I am here to learn. No matter how much fun I am having, school will always come first and academics will forever be at the back of my mind. When I look forward to this oncoming year I don’t just see the fairytale painted for me by Hollywood executives; rather, I am learning that with perseverance and dedication I can still experience the college world I saw in films, as long as I give priority to the shots unseen.
I have always wanted to skydive ever since I was little, but I never got the oportunity. About three weeks ago one of my best friends from home wanted to do something crazy for his birthday. So he decided to set up a sky diving trip. Going into it, I had no idea what to expect. But once I got there and saw everyone parachuting around and then landing, I immediately got shivers down my spine. I’m not going to lie, I do a lot of extreme sports and I am not really scared of heights. Skydiving is completely different then anything that I have ever done before. I am the kind of person who lives for new experiences.
Once I got up in the plane and started looking out of the window, I had all sorts of emotions running through my mind. I was about one minute away from jumping out of a moving airplane thousands of feet in the air. At this moment I was still unsure of what I was going to do, to jump out of the plane. Once the time came, I stood up being attached to my instructor, he counted down 3…2…1…. and then we leaped. This was the point in time that I had felt the most amazing feeling. Adrenalin was rushing through my body and I just started yelling. We were free falling for about two minutes which felt like an hour, and then the parachute opened and nobody actually realizes it, but when you are floating with a parachute, you are absolutely cruising. And the view was amazing. I could not get the fear out of my head that I would just detach and fall. I got a weird feeling at this point because I felt like I could do anything, but at the same time I felt like I definitely should not be doing this because it is literally insane. Once we landed I let out a sigh of relief looking to the left of me, I see my two friends sam (birthday boy) and katie, who both jumped right before me. It had never felt so nice to feel the ground under my feet again.