The pressure to be thin

By Kristen Vasquez


The pressure to be skinny is becoming life threatening. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia have been on the rise for years now. Something needs to be done to prevent these disorders from reccurring and becoming much worse.

Eating disorders like these are common amongst females because of how they are portrayed in the media. The media markets make an unobtainable figure for women to achieve. They display unhealthy models all over showing their rib cages. Not only that, Photoshop has become a photographers best friend. About 99 percent of photos put out to the public are photoshopped. Lastly, we start at such a young age telling little girls that they have to be skinny. A perfect example is Barbie. She has impossible body dimensions. She would be 5’9″ tall, have an 18″ waist, 39″ bust, 33″ hips, a size three shoe, 110 lbs and a BMI of 16.24. What’s concerning is that having a BMI below 17 can land a person in a hospital.

Why tell human beings that they have to be a size 00? So they starve themselves and force food up they just ate? This is not the way the world should work. Years ago it was seen as sexy to have curves. During the era of Marilyn Monroe her size was viewed as sexy and she was a size 12. Yet now a days you will be finding yourself in the plus size section.

We can’t get away from the unhealthy image. Stop photoshopping pictures. It is necessary that we teach individuals how to eat properly at a young age. It is time to start changing the size of the manikins in clothing stores and even Barbie dolls. Women portrayed in magazines should be a healthy body weight, not skin and bones.

The link below is a video of the changings Photoshop can make:

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