A Research Study On Eating Disorders Essay

2006 Words Mar 18th, 2015 9 Pages
In current day America we live in an age where information and knowledge are always at our disposal. Whether it is through phones, television, or the internet, we are always connected. However, despite all the available information and knowledge we as a country are not using it to become as healthy as possible. We rank seventeenth out of seventeen developed countries in a recent study done by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academics (Rubenstein, 2013). The culture that we live in should be home to a number of healthy practices due to this incredible amount of knowledge we have, but it is not. Among the many unhealthy practices, eating disorders pose a large threat to our society, especially in the female population. It is estimated that up to ten million women suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. (Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Center , 2015 ). The number of females with eating disorders in the United States is greater than the number of eating disorders in other societies. There are many potential explanations for this disturbing trend. One potential explanation is the “morbid fear of fatness” of females in societies where there is a heightened sense of personal autonomy (Faer , Hendriks, Abed , & Figueredo, 2005). However, there seems to be more to the issue. Is it because of the media, personal pressure, fear of fatness, or something else? The rise of the American media…

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