Social Issues Course, Obesity, 7 sources

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The Ugly Truth

Kevyn Aucoin once said, "Beauty has a lot to do with character." However, society associates beauty with ideal body images. After some time, the demand for perfection changed the connection between beauty and character. The female college students in Japan proved that the perception of being fat could bring out another side to people. Eating disorders are categorized with eating less and throwing up but they actually include competitive eaters as well. Participants of the competition eat as much as they can and actually fear vomiting. Certain media messages are directed towards promoting the ideal male body. Television icons persuade viewers into believing that harmful eating habits are natural. Eventually, viewers are bound to confuse their wants with needs. While Fagone focuses on competitive eating, eating disorders and self-esteem are also shaping lives. Society's values, ideals, and norms are reflected in our individual eating practices.

In Gorging, Truth and You Barf, You Lose focus on the shallow aspect of competitive

eating. Although it is a competition, the participants initially did it for the thrill of the hobby. It eventually lead to signings with ESPN and the mentality that "bigger is better." The instant George Shea took over the contest in 1991 and launched the local hobby into what is now known as the post-trophy era, the sport went from an experience to a job. Fagone demeans America's beliefs by swearing to a Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese. He provides a preview of America's ability to self-destruct by stating, "The whole goopy range of it, everything that makes America so undeniably great and infuriating, loved and hated, everything that makes me want to buy a ranch in Montana one day and move to Scandinavia the next: a cross-section of the promise and the threat...