The Role of Media in Promoting Eating Disorders
We are being battered about daily with facts about everything from everywhere with the outburst of information technology. We have television at home, in the car the radio, and at work the Internet. We are being attacked with new information at every turn with this entire media. We are told what is new, what is popular, what is good what is bad. And whether we like it or not or acknowledge it or not, it influences our choices. Choices about how we dress, where we go, what we buy, and probably the most dangerous, how we should appear. The constant image of beauty being absolutely perfect, a perfect body, smile figure, is sending constant message to us that that is indeed what beauty is.The media is an important aspect of life in our culture. Everybody own a TV set and read newspapers and magazines. In addition, people interact with a wide variety of other media such as music delivered by CD or videos and communications via personal computers. Each form of media has different purpose and content. The media seeks to inform us, persuade us, entertain us, and change us. The media also seeks to engage large groups of people so that advertisers can sell them products or services by making them desirable. Other institutions such as Governments also engage public via the media to make ideas and values desirable. Institution from politics to corporations can use the media to influence our behavior. People look at all of the advertisements, movies and TV shows and when they compare their body image to the models or actresses, they look fat. However, in reality, it is the reader who is most likely a healthy weight and the model that is underweight.