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The Effects of the Media on WomenThe obsession with how a person should look is becoming a national priorityamong women especially among young girls and teenagers Women in general are most preoccupied with being thin According to the National Institute of Mental Health this obsession of being thin can usually be labeled in two ways which are anorexia nervosa and bulimia Caldwell 109 What would influence women of all ages to starve themselves to death or to seek out other means of changing their bodies just to fit in In many instances cultural pressures especially by the media and the remainder of society has caused these problems today Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are two of the most dangerous and most common eating disorders Anorexia nervosa involves severe weight loss-15 below normal body weight Caldwell 109 If left untreated anorexia can lead to osteoporosis cardiac arrest malnutrition and even death Mullen E1 A bulimic eats sometimes compulsively and then purges through forced vomiting use of laxatives diuretics strict diets fasts or exercises Caldwell 109 Bingeing and purging which is associated with bulimia can lead to stomach rupture heart failure inflamed esophagus and swollen glands Caldwell 109 Also certain research has shown that 14 is the approximate age for the onset of anorexia Bulimia has been shown to start around age 18 Body npag In recent studies conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University bulimia which has always been linked to societys obsession with thinness has now been related to the genes Dr Cynthia Bulik psychologist for the VCU institute says that Genes
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