It is irrefutable that the media has had a major impact with regard to the increase in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The population is constantly bombarded with images of over-thin models and messages reinforcing the idea that, to be happy and successful, we must be thin. We are constantly told that fat is bad. Magazines, newspapers, television advertisements – everywhere you look you will find references to ‘thin’. Not only adults are affected – these images and messages are reaching our younger generation, with the result that many adolescents often feel flawed or disfigured if their weight and body shape does not conform to that of ultra-thin models and actors. Can you name 5 current female television personalities who are overweight?
Isn’t it about time that the media owned to a responsibility for the current trend?