Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the eyes of society, women like Pamela Anderson, Tyra Banks and Carmen Electra are the epitome of perfection. What girl would not want to look like them? Unfortunately, a number of girls want to be just like them. Every year, millions of people are hurting themselves trying to be carbon copies of these sex symbols. The media presents society with unrealistic body types promoting people, especially women, to look like them. In this day and age there have been an increasingly high rate of eating disorders. The trend of turning to these eating disorders to maintain that perfect, “accepted” body type are now very common amongst women of all ages.The trends that influence these women include entertainment industry in our society, the peers and friends of women whom are all included in the same social group, and the pressure in athletics to maintain the perfect body weight in order to perform to the standard that will allow them to rise to the top.
The first and most common influential cause of women turning to eating disorders is when women look at the beautiful people and begin to compare themselves to society’s entertainment business. Television and magazines are two of the most powerful methods of communication entire society. Women\'s magazines contain many more advertisements prompting weight loss than men. There was rise in eating disorders and advertisements promoting weight loss in in women\'s magazines body image has certainly changed over the decades. The media keeps dispensing images, but they don\'t realize the negative effects its causes on women and girls. Time and time again, you hear this confession in the conversations between with young women. They want to look good in a bathing suit. They want a tight butt. They go on diets and work out everyday. They\'re never thin enough, so they go to unnatural extremes because this is supposedly how the people in the entertainment business look that good. Women feel they must look like supermodels in order to be accepted in today\'s society. All this can happen from just seeing a billboard or a couple of commercials. These media images make women feel less about themselves, they want to look like supermodels: tall, thin, sculpted. Due to these perfect women, girls all over the US are suffering from anorexia show a refusal to maintain body weight over a minimal normal weight for age and height. They are disturbed by their body image and are always claiming to "feel fat". They have intense fear of gaining weight. It seems as these forms of entertainment have the power to mold women’s attitudes. Hollywood often has the tendency to also make people feel ugly. Women look at these stars trying to emulate the body type of the superstars. Stars have personal trainers, stylists, make-up artists and people to airbrush the wrinkles and cellulite out of their magazine covers. These people all create an image that is meant to be presented in a two-hour snippet or frozen in a photograph. The bodies we see on TV are perfect. They are bodies of actresses, models, and weight trainers. These people keep themselves in showroom condition all the time and are expected too.
Another cause of eating disorders is when women compare their body types to those of their peers. The competitive attitudes betweem women are often the main causes of eating disorders in a woman’s social group. These competitive feelings usually arise throughout groups of friends or social groups that women include themselves in. Youthfulness, sexuality and appearance are all categories which women tend to compete in. No matter how close these women seem to be, most of the time there are always jealousies, and parts of the group that feel threatened by the others. Due to these jealousies, women will go to any extent to look better than the other women in their social group. Most of the time eating disorders become a part of this equation. There are many times when a group of friends are sitting around watching their favorite sitcom on Thursday nights, they are all again exposed to a group of beautiful people whom act as the leading characters. The women observing the show take