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Eating Disorders Essay

  • Submitted by: a03529563
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,716 words

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Eating disorders have been around for a long time; however, they became a problem with the discovery of Twiggy, the first supermodel of the 60’s. For me, they became a reality when I was in the 9th grade.   My friend’s mother, who was usually all smiles, came for a visit; on that day she was teary eyed.   She and my mom talked for hours, they both cried and hugged each other. I was dying with curiosity as to what had happened.   When she left, my mom told me that my friend was having trouble keeping food down.   It seems that she had been fighting a private battle with an eating disorder. I had noticed that she had lost a lot of weight, and was wearing very loose clothing. It didn’t phase only because all my friends were changing during those months, they were getting taller and skinnier.   We all aspired to be contestants in the Tyra Banks’ “Next Top Model” show. The idea of being thin and beautiful like Twiggy was contagious and involved watching what we ate and a lot of exercise. We all fell prey to wanting the look, but my friend became the victim of the horrifying obsessive behavior. According to her mother, she had secretly dieted, gone on binges and purges, and occasionally stopped eating all together.   Now the problem was out in the open, since she could not keep any food down. A year later, in 2007 a study showed that as many as “40% of fashion models suffer from eating disorders” (modeltalk). If young girls, like my friends, look to them as as role models, then “the fashion world needs to take responsibility and promote healthy eating choices for them and their following” (modeltalk). This desire for young girls to look like models or movie stars is usually a culprit to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia; disorders that can cause heart problems, kidney failure or even death.
My friend’s eating disorders were also influenced by society who portrays the perfect woman as being smart, slim and beautiful. I remember flipping through magazines or looking...

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