Many of us know people personally who have suffered through eating disorders. They are not the easiest to detect due to the fact that people tend to keep them discrete. According to our textbook, on page 436, bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging actions, is more common than anorexia nervosa. For me, this was an interesting statistic because, from personal experience, I know more teenage girls that suffered from anorexia rather than bulimia. People with either of these eating disorders have a phobia of fatness and no matter how skinny they get, they still look in the mirror and perceive themselves as fat. There are some great videos that talk about the National Eating Disorders Association and what they do to try and help people suffering from eating disorders.
Some people believe that these eating disorders are caused from the media and the influences it has on our behaviors. We all want to be as skinny and pretty or handsome as the people on magazines, but a lot of times, those photos are photo-shopped and many times, the opposite sex does not even find a person that skinny to be attractive. In the textbook, it addresses the fact that even countries that aren't exposed to our "skinny" media have numerous people with eating disorders. Personally, I believe the media has an impact but is not the entire reason people suffer from eating disorders. Do you think the media has a bigger influence on people's reactions to bodies? Or do peers have a bigger influence? Also, does the social context in which someone grows up in contribute greatly or is it just another little factor that adds to it?