Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and statistics indicate that various media outlets are partially to blame. This infographic illustrates the disparity between the media’s portrayal of a physically “ideal” woman and the actual average American woman. These statistics reveal that the way that the fashion and advertising industries influence women’s self-image.
Eating disorders can be physically and emotionally devastating. Symptoms such as extreme weight loss, changes in countenance and appearance, physical exhaustion, and/or anxiety and depression are more common than you think.
Eating disorders and social media
There is an increasing amount of coverage in the media about the supposed link between Social Media and Eating Disorders. It is an indication that this argument is of importance. The question is not about if the link exists but whether or not it is a positive one. On one side there is are social online movements that openly encourage eating disorder behaviors and promote trends like #ThighGap. Groups such as these unknowingly propel weaker individuals deeper into their disorders and should be moderated.
However, others take the opposing view that Social Media can also provide the vital support that ED suffers need to overcome their fears. These positive communities can encourage an open forum for help and relief to those on the brink of hopelessness enabling a road to recovery. Life Works Community is a highly successful rehabilitation clinic and specialises in the recovery of ED suffers. They have created this infographic to educate and inform the world about the subject. Please Share.
How media affects eating disorders?
80% of women are made insecure by images they see of women on television. More than two-thirds of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines, media outlets and social media. The main media should strongly consider changing the way that they portray women.