Is anorexia caused mainly by what people see on social media or what they hear from their peers?
Anorexia was around way before social media... though I'm sure it hasn't helped much.
From what I've seen and experienced in my life, I must say that it is a disease that is mental and physical. As a figure skater, I have seen other figure skaters with this disease. In fact, a young 19 year old (absolutely stunning athlete in her prime) skater just retired from the sport as she continues treatment for this disease. This and other eating disorders have been around long before social media and peer pressure and like Keith Abt said, they can't help much.
Valerie...."Anorexia Nervosa" is more of a symptom of underlying mental/emotional disorders and dysphoria. We can use the word "caused" only cautiously because in fact, originally it is a choice/decision. Unfortunately, like so many harmful behaviors, it can soon become uncontrollable and deadly.
The pressure and feelings of perceived inadequacies, basically forced upon individuals by the media, public opinions, Hollywood, the modeling Industry, etc, are a huge part of this insanity. Yes, social media, peers, forms of brainwashing and self-esteem issues, all play a part in adding to the anorexia epidemic, nearly everywhere (except 3rd world countries where they are FORCE-starved) but especially in the western world.
Those medical professionals in physical/mental illnesses, nutritionists, body fitness physiologists & similar experts are fighting the good fight against this anomaly, but can barely make a dent when up against the massive BIG PICTURE created by greed mongers.
The simplest way to begin an understanding in how this disorder takes such a firm grip upon millions (mostly women) is to take a serious look around at what people are bombarded with, every moment, in every fashion, and with unbearable pressure.
It's a social, mental, physical, and medical crisis, yet is only seen as such when the very worst occurs in life-threatening illness or death itself.
Wow. Thank you for that in depth look into anorexia. It is a very serious mental illness. I like what you've mentioned about it mostly occurring in the western world. So like in third world countries it's barely acknowledged; almost unrecognizable.
Anorexia is a body dyphoria. Some develop it on their own because they want to be thin and see fat where it isn't. Reinforcement from peers, visual images or parental criticism of fat can all contribute.
Anorexia existed decades before social media.
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