Dying To Be Thin

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Dying To Be Thin What is the world coming to these days? The social view of beauty has really affected the way people live and act in today's society. The human race watches television, reads magazines, and watches Hollywood made movies. What people see is what our society has accepted as the "ideal" body. Who is the judge of the true beauty? Is it Hollywood or the inner person? I believe that true beauty is in the inner person.

In 1970, Marilyn Monroe, who was size twelve, was accepted to be beautiful. Since then, size two has become accepted as beautiful. Studies show that since 1979, Miss America contestants have become so skinny that the majority now are at least fifteen percent below the recommended body weight for their height. Celebrities have gotten to be so thin that people now accept the smaller body figure to be pretty.

People have even resorted to eating disorders to try to reach this body.

Princess Diana fought bulimia for years. One to four percent of high school and college girls have either anorexia or bulimia. In 1976, only 0.5 to 1 percent of girls had an eating disorder (Schneider). I believe that eating disorders only hurt the inner person. Others may see them getting thinner, but most do not recognize them any differently than before.

In this debate on being thin, females are more reluctant to worry about their figure than males are. Fifty percent of females have dissatisfaction with their appearance, whereas only thirty one percent of males have the same dissatisfaction. Today, males are generally fatter, but forty-six percent still think about their appearance (Dam). Men still are worried about their figures. Studies have shown that males will give up a job opportunity because they don't want to interfere with their...