An issue becoming more dominant in the media lately is eating disorders. More and more young girls are falling in to the dangerous trap of deadly eating disorders. When people hear eating disorders they tend to think anorexia or bulimia.
The thing is, there are so many other eating disorders out there. Some other, less common disorders are binge eating disorder and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). People with BED consume large amounts of food at one time, and people with EDNOS show symptoms of an eating disorder but dont match all of the criteria to be diagnosed.
Although they dont meet the criteria to be diagnosed, it doesnt make their struggle any less real.
A big trigger to eating disorders is the media. So much of the media lately has focused on diet culture and what men and women are supposed to look like. In the headlines, all you see are captions of How to Drop 30 lbs in 30 Days or Best Fat Burning Workout Around!
You never see headlines encouraging young girls to embrace who they are and love themselves. Young, vulnerable girls reading these articles seem all the photos of thin, slim, photo shopped models and wonder why they dont look like that. The thing these young girls havent learned yet is that those models dont even look like that. The media is telling young girls that they're supposed to achieve a body image that is actually impossible to attain.
The media cant keep shoving headlines and photos like this down young girls throats and expect there not to be any repercussions. The media is causing young girls as young as age 11 or younger to ruin their bodies.
I remember the first time I looked at myself in the mirror and thought that I was fat, i was 9. Nine years old. I thought i was fat. I remember skipping meals when I could because I wanted to drop weight when I was a 6th grader because I was reading magazines targets towards people my age in an attempt to help burn off baby fat. Thats so not okay, media!
Im hoping that my generation can help put the thought process that we need to be a size 00 to be beautiful to rest as long as we're healthy, we're beautiful. Because health is beautiful.
Hospital visits, blue skin, heart palpitations, and fainting spells due to malnutrition is not beautiful and needs to stop being glamorized.