Is it fashionable to be so skinny you're ribs stick out? How far is too far to go for fashion? Is it beautiful to starve yourself? Studies have shown that girls as young as 8 are dieting or have tried to diet. This short essay will, look at the two main illnesses of anorexia and bulimia, and also have a look at some examples from the media, where fashion inadvertently causes these illnesses in youths. Firstly, the two main disorders are anorexia and bulimia.
Anorexia is an eating disorder, which mostly affects girls in puberty, although men and boys can be affected by it as well. If you have anorexia you become obsessed with your weight and refuse to eat. You can become obsessed with exercise, become very weak and unable to concentrate and the simplest tasks become impossible. Sufferers usually lose 15% of there weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight.
Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. Anorexics are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. The disorder is thought to be most common among and people involved in activities where thinness is very important, such as dancing, theater, and modelling. Bulimia is similar to anorexia. However the main difference is that sufferers binge on crisps and chocolate etc, and then make themselves sick to get rid of the calories. The main question we have to ask ourselves is - are these disorders caused by the fashion world or are they just illnesses that cannot be avoided?
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