Journal Article — Body Image: A Clouded Reality — by M. D.

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I think body image has become a social dilemma in our society. Eating disorders are too common among women, and I put 100% of the blame on society. But how did our society become so clouded that we actually believe that someone who looks as though they haven’t eaten in months is beautiful? In the past, women like Marilyn Monroe were considered beautiful, and being full-figured was praised. I would give anything to live in a society where that was the case, as I’m sure many women today do. We know what eating disorders do to the body, so why do we continue to torture our bodies? We as a society need to take a step back and look at what we have become: A materialistic, image-obsessed society that praises beauty more than it praises knowledge, love, and life. We are made up of individuals all with a false consciousness of what we really want. I think our society has a clouded image of what is beautiful. Women all over the world are killing themselves to conform their bodies to society’s standards. Instead of praising women for being healthy, we criticize them and place pressure on them to be like what they see on television, in films, or on the runways. Eating disorders are growing problems which many seem to brush aside, assuming those afflicted by the problem will take care of themselves. The only way to change the growing rate of eating disorders is to change the way our society functions as a whole.

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M. D.. 2003/2004. “Welcoming.” Pp. 58-65 in Students’ Critical Theories in Applied Settings (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume II, Issue 2,  2003/2004). Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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