. (_inthewalls) wrote in ed_ucate,

EDs and the media

Maybe I am the odd one out here, but I feel like people give the media too much credit when it comes to causes for eating disorders...

I'm not a very "trendy" person. I don't watch a lot of television and when I do I'm not looking to actors and actresses for inspiration. I would hardly consider Meg from Family Guy as thinspiration. I don't idolize celebrities and I don't want to be thin in the way most people want to be thin - as an object of desire. I'm not trying to look attractive.

It seems like a lot of people believe that the media puts a huge amount of pressure on girls to be thin. This may be true, but there is a big difference between someone with an eating disorder and someone who just wants to lose weight so that they can look like Pamela Anderson. So anyway, my question is two-fold:

1.)Do you really think the media is a key factor in the development of an eating disorder?
2.)If yes, how much (if any) has the media influenced you[r eating disorder]?

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