posted on Apr, 11 2004 @ 07:22 AM
I knew a girl with bolemia. Now, she was extremily smart. Top of our class. Why did she force herself to vomit up her food? She thought she was fat,
because we are constantly inundated with advertising depicting unnaturally thin people. It must be said that her perents were less then perfect (far
less then perfect), but I think that, in that case, the media does have somthing to answer for.
Also, there was an incident on Australian Idol where a contestent wore a dress that showed off her hips. She was bombarded by criticism. What message
are girls going to get from that? They will get the message that having large hips is unnatural and undesirable. In this world, where we shape our
opinions based on the news and fashion is drummed into us with advertising, the media plays a big part in determining the values of society.
Obviously, there can be no doubt that being fat is unhealthy, and it is taught in schools in here. Thus, people sueing fast food outlets have no
excuse. However, personal appearence is far removed from this, and the media push thin a lot more then fat.