Society gives us a number of reference points that shape our perceptions whether positive or negative. When it comes to our bodies there are a number of sources that affect us more than others. They are unrealistic images of beauty, genetically impossible for many of us to emulate. The same thing applies to the 6-pack or ripped abs shoved in the face of men via famous sportsmen and male fitness models, which for many is impossible to achieve without illegal steroids.
Abstract The objective of this experiment was to determine if gender or self-esteem contributed to the development of eating disorders. The study involved a total of students who participated by completing a survey used to examine self-esteem, dietary habits, and experience with eating disorders.
Results found that participants who reported higher self-esteem also reported less experience with eating disorders. Additionally, it was found that females rated themselves lower for self-esteem and were more likely to report experience with an eating disorder than did males.
These results indicated a significant correlation between self-worth and eating disorders, as well as a significant correlation between gender and self-esteem, and gender and eating disorders.
Therefore, it can be said that both hypotheses were supported within this sample, suggesting that students with high self-esteem are less likely to have an eating disorder, and that women are more likely than men to suffer from eating disorders.
It has been known that gender, self-esteem, body image, and perceived self-worth seems to be related to dietary habits and eating disorders; but researchers have wanted to understand the relationship more clearly, comprehending the degrees to which they interact with each other.
Many research studies have presented the idea that those who suffer from an eating disorder are more likely to have lower self-esteem than those who do not have an eating disorder e.
These studies and others have shown that eating disorders are associated with lower levels of self-esteem and perception of self-concept. Additionally, research regarding the impact of gender on self-esteem has continually supported the idea that women are more likely than men to report lower levels of self-esteem and endorse eating disorders e.
Although much research has been conducted to show the degrees of relation between self-esteem, gender, and eating disorders among various populations, few studies have attempted to find these correlations among college students.
The motivation that prompted this research study was to determine if students with higher self-esteem were less likely to develop eating disorders and to understand the impact of gender on self-esteem and eating pathology. For example, de la Rie, Noordenbos, and Furth sought to measure the quality of life of eating disorder patients and former eating disorder patients.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the quality of life differs between four diagnostic groups: To do this, the experimenters administered a generic health-related quality of life questionnaire, the Short Form, and the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire to eating disorder patients 44 anorexia nervosa patients, 43 bulimia nervosa patients, 69 eating disorder not otherwise specified patients and former eating disorder patients, all recruited from different parts of the Netherlands by various means.
A limitation of this study was that participants were not asked to report on whether or not they had comorbid disorders. Another limitation was that the advertisements to participate in this study may have appealed especially to those who have received treatment for eating disorders. The results of the de la Rie, Noordenbos, and Furth study indicated that eating disorder patients had significantly poorer quality of life measures than the former eating disorder patients on the Short Form subscales of Physical Role Functioning, Emotional Role Functioning, Vitality, General Health Perception, Social Functioning and Mental Health.
Additionally, no significant differences were revealed between eating disorder diagnostic groups with regard to the quality of life, except on General Health Perception. Anorexia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified patients reported poorer quality of life than former eating disorder patients on General Health Perception, but not bulimia nervosa patients.
Higher self-esteem was associated with a higher score on General Health Perception and with a higher score on vitality. These findings presented that self-esteem showed the highest association with the quality of life of both eating disorder patients and former eating disorder patients.
Previous studies have sought to observe to correlations of self-worth and eating disorders.Body Image & Eating Disorders People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.
One finding from the study shows that one commonly misunderstood aspect of eating disorders is the root of its development. Research focusing on twin comparisons shows that genetic factors are responsible for more than 50 percent of the increased risk of developing an eating disorder.
The Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) released a position paper that clarifies the role of the family in the acquisition of eating disorders.
The paper points out that there is no data to support the idea that eating disorders are caused by a certain type of family dynamic or parenting style.
Negative body image of women is a very hot topic these days! The female body image and what a person should or could look like in marketing and advertising in particular is a controversial issue. It is noticeable that the body size of women as portrayed in mass media has been steadily getting smaller(1).
Society and Eating Disorders Current research indicates that eating disorders are likely the result of a combination of genetic and environment factors.
While environmental factors alone cannot cause an eating disorder, many people have pointed to the role of social pressures for thinness as a factor that can have an impact on individuals who may be genetically predisposed to eating disorders.
Body image, self-esteem and the influence of society. Posted on Monday, August 1, Society shapes us in many ways, possibly more than we realise – from our interactions, to our personal development through to others’ perception of our bodies as a reflection of self worth. Eating disorders;.