eating disorders

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Whitney Taylor English 101 MWF 9:00 In-Class #2 Today, more than ever, women are prone to concerns about their weight, shape, size, and body image, and as a result, diet to lose weight. This is probably due to the fact that they are living in a world that is dominated by the mass media, which is full of waif-like models and super-skinny celebrities. “Studies have reported a significant change in the weight and size of models that are being portrayed in the media in Western society, and the concept of the ‘perfect body’.” (Morris) Katzmarkyz and Davis did a study that illustrated this well. They “examined changes in the body weight and shape of Playboy centerfolds over the past two decades. They found that there was a significant decrease in the models’ body weight and measurements, with 70% of the women being underweight and more than 85% of them being less than 85% of their ideal weight.” (Morris) “Guillen and Barr focused on the messages in a popular magazine for [teenage] girls and found that between 1970 to 1990 the emphasis on fitness increased and the body shape of models reported a trend toward [skinnier] looking bodies.” (Morris) When girls look at these publications or see girls in advertisements that are incredibly skinny, that becomes the “in” thing and suddenly everyone wants to
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