reply to post by Pardon?
Yes, anorexia can be much deeper, I agree. But the more recent massive upswing in anorexia (especially among boys) has a lot more to do with
what is "socially" acceptable as opposed to deep seeded psychological issues. One of my nephews, as well as most of his friends, in recent years have
taken to fasting in order to achieve an unnaturally "skinny" look because THAT is what the majority of young girls expect in order to date them. They
have unrealistic ideals of what "hot" boys should look like, and the boys do what they have to do to "get the girls" as hormones overcome brain cells
at that age.
Same goes for a large majority of the girls. They watch shows like "America's Next Top Model" and others and see all of the super thin size 2 and 4
girls and think that is what they are supposed to look like. The media manipulates print ads and all the teen magazines show unnaturally thin and
flawless models whom the girls seek to emulate- by whatever means necessary.
You are absolutely correct that in true cases of anorexia there are deep seeded psychological issues of which unhealthy weight loss is just one of the
many symptoms, but a vast majority of cases are kids (and sometimes even adults) just trying to fit in with what is fashionable and considered
socially acceptable amongst their peers. There was a day when girls rushed to buy padded bras, fanny pads and shoulder pads to fit in when the
idealistic icons of the day were Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield. It was a much easier task to fit into what is fashionable when "curvey" was the
trend of the day. Unfortunately the trend amongst teens recently happens to be "super skinny" and there is no quick way to get there other than
unnatural and harmful means.
Just to note as an example after Christmas I went on a shopping trip with one of my daughters and a few of her friends. We went to all the trendy
stores that teens-young adults like. I needed a new pair of jeans so I decided to try on a few different styles. What a nightmare! They were all super
low rise with ultra skinny legs, the only difference was straight or flared at the bottoms. The largest size I saw all day was a size 9 that looked
more like a size 5. There were none of what I considered "normal" jeans in any of the stores we went to, and we went from store to store all day. What
are young girls supposed to think when all the trendy clothes are made for stick figures? It is my opinion that as young girls want to "fit in" more
than anything they will do whatever they have to do to wear these trendy clothes, even if it includes starving themselves to wear the popular
ETA: And yes, I did end up buying a pair of those jeans. They made my butt look awesome!
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