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Julie Mallon Psychology 310 Beauty and the Beast Anorexia It seemed to me that the older I got the more obsessed people seemed about their bodies Whether it was the diet soda boom of the 80s or the fact everyone has always been unhappy with his or her natural bodies it just took me a while to comprehend It always seemed like there were diets here diets there these drugs can do this or these herbs can do that Stop the insanity This paper is going to discuss anorexia nervosa an alarming disease that is usually developed during puberty of both boys and girls Like bulimia in which the subject binges and then disposes of ingested food by purging or use of laxatives those suffering anorexia nervosa have an obsession with the amount of fat on her body although one of every ten suffering this disease are male I will use the female pronoun since they are the majority This results in the loss of appetite completely and dangerous weight loss More than thirty years ago one of this centurys major sex symbols sang Happy Birthday Mr President on television With her size fourteen to sixteen figure it is doubtful that societys standards would approve Marilyn Monroe today Back in those days men and women alike ate what tasted good or what the body needed and simply bought clothes that would hide any unwanted weight gain Today the story is different Psychologists that study the influence of television on children say that television is the most influential medium in our visually orientated society Velette 1988 p3 With the influence of television and celebrity role models children dont care that they see a variety of sizes outside of their home what they care about are the majority of people shown on the television set perfect Teenagers have typically watched 15000 hours of television in their lifetime Valette 1988 p4 absorbing
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