Essay: Research on Eating Disorders
Research conducted by Stanford and McCabe, (2002) has established that many women are dissatisfied with their bodies and have a negative body image due to their perception in relation to cultural standard and values of society. Additionally, women have an opinion as to whether or not they meet this cultural standard relative to the opinions of other members of that culture. As a result, this internal and external pressure based on the cultural opinions forms a major influence in the development of eating disorders for women.
Furthermore, the society’s standards and values cause many women to be dissatisfied with their bodies and to have a negative image about their body (Carolyn,1999, p.269). This is in term of their perception and society standard in relation to their opinion as to whether or not they meet this standard; and the opinions of other members of their culture as suggested by Malloy and Herzberger (1998). For instance, in the US today many women who are well rated in Hollywood as best actresses, models, dancers, and singers show hosts and news presenters appear to be all thin. Additionally, many movies, cinemas and shows depict slender women acquiring dates with many successful men easily or depicted as successful career wise; can be attributed to as a major cause to influence young women in society to desire for slim body. Whereby exposing the population to the risk of developing eating disorder. Thus, women evaluate their worth in society through body thinness (Carolyn,1999, p.273) as core indicator of successfulness and achievement.