Media Influence on Children Eating Disorders

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Running head: MEDIA INFLUENCE ON CHLDREN EATING DISORDERS Media Influence on Children Eating Disorders Media Influence on Children: Body Image and Eating Disorders Media is many things; media is education, knowledge, news, culture, corruption. This has been used as a form of pursing or influencing young children into believing that what they see is real. Commercials are used to tell children what to buy or what is “in”. There are several messages that that the media sends out to young children, some of them beneficial and some fraudulent. Women in particular have been portrayed to be flawless and tremendously thin, and if you are not then you must become flawless and thin. Media messages have a great effect on young children that want to be liked and sadly enough they think that media is what matters. Some of these messages have resulted in young girls and boys going to the lengths of eating disorders to look like some of the messages they receive. After doing some research on today’s media, I found that messages are hidden everywhere for children to see. Children’s likes and dislikes are defined on MTV and BET. Children see how they should dress and how they should physically look by watching television and reading magazines like Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone. Some children are more vulnerable to these messages than others. Children who are insecure about themselves or eager to please others are most likely to fall in to this horrible craze of being “thin and beautiful”. Children are bombarded with images and messages that reinforce the idea that thin is happy and successful. These days it is almost impossible to watch TV, listen to the radio, go to the mall, read a magazine or newspaper without being stricken with the message that fat is bad. Appallingly enough these messages are especially targeting young children. Many people
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