Mrs. Stevie Mittman
Eating Disorders and Media Influence
“I want to be like her.” That was the first thing that Eva thought after watching “Beverly Hills90210” that night. For weeks she tried different diets, but nothing seemed to work fast enough for her. Desperate to look like those girl on TV she suddenly stopped eating. Eva cheated on theirparents, by making them believe that she was eating. Eva started to abruptly lose weight and her parents began to suspect about her problem. She denied it every day, until one day her body couldn’t resistand Eva felt on the kitchen floor. She was sick; she was on the edge of death for the first time in her life. Luckily she made it through that rough fall.
Eva developed an eating disorder from herfixation of being thin. More than 7 million American girls and women and about 70 million or more worldwide suffer from an eating disorder. According to Merriam Webster dictionary an Eating Disorder is“any of several psychological disorders characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior.” An Eating disorder includes the variation of a person’s diet. These eating disorders have beenhappening for years, but became an almost fashion-must-do thing about ten to twelve years ago. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and the Binge Eating Disorder, are the existing types of eating disorders.The National Eating Disorder Association states that “Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.” Mostsymptoms that characterize anorexia are the fear of being fat, lost of menstrual period, the way they feel about their body and abrupt changes in the body weights, shape. Among the other types of eatingdisorders Anorexia Nervosa is the most common one among girls and women. Anorexia also has the highest death rate of any other mental conditions over the past few years. The most important thing...