Television And Movies Affects Eating Disorder Ratio
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08-02-11 Category: Mental Health
  • The introduction of western television in Fiji caused a dramatic increase in the rate of eating disorders.
  • One in every four TV commercials puts out some sort of message about attractiveness.
  • One study documented that watching music videos featuring thin women led to an increase in body dissatisfaction
  • In a survey carried out by People magazine, 80% of those who took part responded that images of thin women on TV and in the movies make them feel insecure.
  • Actresses Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, as well as singer Diana Ross all meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
  • Model/Actress Elizabeth Hurley stated in Allure magazine “I’ve always thought Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I’d kill myself if I was that fat.”
  • Pamela Anderson is 5’7” and weights 120 pounds. She is supposed to be the voluptuous ideal yet she is 11% below ideal body weight. In contrast, Marilyn Monroe set the beauty standard for her generation at 5’5” and weighed 135 pounds. Today her agent would probably tell her she had to lose weight!

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