Social Media Causes Eating Disorders

Being sexy is about attitude, not body type — Amisha Patel

My best friend is beautiful. Not this new modern plaster the makeup on beautiful, classic 1950’s beautiful. She looks good with or without makeup. When we go out together, people stop and look. She sees none of this. Brought up in a world obsessed with size 0 and airbrushed photos. She fights a battle between herself and the mirror every day.

In a survey of men, her figure was described as ideal. Yet she believes she is overweight. I have heard her on more than one occasion describe herself as disgusting. As women, we are the most critical of other women. This constant criticism leads to anxiety. Anyone who looks attractive is often criticised. Why other women do not support each other more, is beyond my comprehension.

Being sexy is about attitude, not body type. It’s a state of mind. — Amisha Patel

Social Media Causes Eating Disorders

The most publicised eating disorders are anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Most patients seek treatment for an eating disorder, which is not specific.

Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. Of these 25% are male.

Male eating disorders have taken a dramatic rise over the last couple of years. Recently men are being faced with as much criticism as women in the press. Young boys striving to reach the media’s idea of a perfect body.

Unhealthy dieting to achieve these goals lead to eating disorders. Eating disorders remain one of the most misunderstood types of mental illness. It also has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Another phenomenon taking over my Facebook feed is the runners. Groups have been set up throughout the country to encourage people to run.

I don’t understand it, it frustrates me. Every other status is about how far someone has run. Now I’m not saying running is bad for you. It is actually very good for you. The concern should come when exercise is used as a form of dieting to excess. If a person works out with the sole purpose of losing all the calories consumed on that day.

Our Perceptions Are Wrong

People who are thin are considered to be healthy.

People who are overweight are considered to be unhealthy.

Never is diet and muscle tone taken into consideration.

A person who has starved themselves for many months is actually unhealthy. Compared to someone who eats a healthy diet, but remains a few pounds overweight.

Looks Rank Higher Than Achievement and Intellect.

Models are considered more desirable, than professors and doctors. Status is judged on how many followers you have, rather than how many GCSE’s you have.

As a mother, I don’t want my daughter growing up where social media present photos of size zero models as healthy. I don’t want her comparing her looks against celebrities who have been airbrushed.

I don’t want her to read about the latest celebrity diet craze. I want her to read about real women who work hard and are happy with the size they are.

I want my daughter to judge herself on her achievements and goals, not on her looks and figure.

Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images. — Cheri K. Erdman

I want my daughter to live in a society where celebrities are happy to appear as they are. Where the only filter I come across is in my coffee machine.

Where academic achievements rate higher than looks.

Social media has to be held accountable for the images it is portraying. It has to take a stronger stand and become a role model for all.

Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

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