The Relationship Between EatingDisorder and Western Culture at Large Therelationship western culture has on eating disorders is that they areultimately the trailblazer that changes the course of influence on individuals.
Media is the is body of the community, it has information on everything and atlast determines if that information is good or not. Media possesses power in depictingadvertisements such as Victoria’s Secrets, which intrigues individuals inbelieving the fab belief that models must be thin, tall and maintain a certainbeauty. Individuals believe and follow media, by assuming that if media ispromoting a certain ideology, most of other individuals/community must alsobelieve in that same ideology. This recognition causes numerous outputs, suchas individuals developing anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eatingdisorder, which are far more common in females than males, particularly theyounger generations of the 21st Century. Western culture plays an undisputabledominant role in the shaping of future generations because it is the mainfactor that these generation will look up to.
Not only do these messagespromote products, but they also influence people’s lifestyles. Western cultureand media benefits one another by promoting the authority and credibility ofour culture throughout eastern culture. Western culture possesses a sense ofideal ideology that other cultures must follow because media promotes to be theoptimal way of life since we “know it all”. Furthermore, when individuals feeloutside of our cultural norm, they feel eager to conform to it. Therefore, Ibelieve that eating disorders are formed through these socio-culturalinteractions with the mass media amongst other determinants that are integral toWestern culture. Nowadays, numerous social media factorsand television broadcasting, such as movies and magazines promote an outlet toeating disorders through the individuals indulged or working for it. They explainthat this isn’t the way one should treat their body, however, the models thatrepresent that moral still engage in that type of influence which contradictstheir actions. Although these eating disorders are not only limited to theWestern world, they are still more common in Western society than anywhere else.
Media promoting tall, thin and stereotypical beauty for women creates aplatform for women of all ages, in which they will inevitably look at. Due tothis, women are naturally going to believe that this is the optimal version ofa woman, and that they are supposed to look like this if they want to be considereda woman. Furthermore, women motives change in attempt to change their weight andappearance through unrealistic measure. In acknowledging that through theseunrealistic changes, women and also men both do develop eating disorders,however, media praises the accomplishments and beauty of these physicalcharacteristics, thus women and men continue to strive to conform to media’sideology of beauty due to the feeling of acceptance and accomplishment. Furthermore,young women who attempt to follow their exercise and make-up/facial routinesusually do so in such an excessive manner which can sometimes prove to be extremelydangerous to their well-being. Due to the fact that unrealistic beautystandards are set by the mass media, many young women and sometimes even men,develop unrealistic body images and prioritize their appearance over theirhealth. Contrary with the massmedia, our environment and elites around us also highly influence the way inwhich we act.
More precisely, the school environment has a dominant impact onhow we as human beings perceive ourselves, both physically and psychologically.In other words, the younger generation has an inevitable tendency to fallvictim to peer pressure and the difficulty to fit in. Educational systems failto address the issues of eating disorders, however teaching children thatgenetics play a determinant role on how one looks may be crucial forindividuals psychologically acknowledging that, being physically outside of thenorm is natural and normal. Another crucial information that failed to bebrought forward by educational systems is that, they way we are nurtured in countlessof different ways. The minute a child is born, its parents/guardians become themost important and influential people they encounter. Not only this, but theyserve as primary role models not only through their actions, but by theirattitudes and behaviors and how they interact with the world. With familiesbeing primary influencers, I believe that is it crucial that we teach childrento accept themselves the way they are at a much younger age and give appropriateknowledge to help the child appreciate and accept one’s self.
Although eating disorders has existed forgenerations to come, the fab of ideal body types is fairly new. As mentionedearlier, this is due to the fact that Western culture is largely beinginfluenced by socio-cultural interactions within mass media. As the modernworld and technology continues to advance, people have a tendency to becomemore and more insecure with their bodies in which this is due to the growth ofmass media throughout the years. In addition, with the pre-existing popularityand powerful role that media possesses, the incline of body ideology trendswill only continue to grow mass media. This is due to individuals wanting toknow what is going to happen next and keep up to date with the world aroundthem, feeling more conform rather than isolated. A significant cause of this mediaportraying the ideal beautiful individuals with their products, so they canrepresent to a broader spectrum, in which people bond more with the modelsrather than the products.
For example, individuals who are fans of Victoria’s Secret’slingerie do not follow and look up to the company and their products, butrather they look to the models and how they can be, if they follow what theydo. Cultural pressure continues toreveal unattainable standards of beauty, which means that they are becomingimpossible to meet. In conclusion, if there is one thing thatcan protect the world from eating disorders it is what began it in the firstplace, culture.