Dieting Young – The Growing Numbers Of Anorexic Children
There has been a sharp rise รูปสาวเน็ตไอดอล in the incidents of children being admitted into hospital for Anorexia. The most startling thought to comprehend is the ages of the youngest children, being 5 years old. What information is fed to a 5 year old that then translates into the need to transmute not just the mind but also the body? Yes, we should all know by now the impact of sexualising children through the media, but yet the numbers of children ending up with an eating disorder continues to rise.
There is a no longer a disparity between the numbers of children who are considered over-weight and receiving just as much condescending remarks based on poor parenting. Does this mean that poor parenting is equally responsible for the opposite that is anorexic children?
I do not wholly feel that parents are to blame; parents are only represents a small nugget of a child’s informational platform. Parents are up against the strong pull of the media that strikes a pose on how and what people should be aspiring to. It was just recently that Miley Cyrus was under the scrutiny due to her drastic metamorphosis from young girl to ‘sexy’ female. In some publications, Miley was heralded as creating a ‘grown up’ figment of her former self. In others, she was criticised for negatively influencing her young followers. Miley too was victim to the Beauty Myth that is to be seen as attractive to be accepted. What was worrying however, in Miley’s case was her resultant behaviour was largely ignored rendering hurtful comments on her or sending a larger than large message that her body is key to her success.
So if, as a child especially females, what messages are you receiving when you follow idols such as Miley? Charlotte Church done exactly the same to remove the ‘little-girl’ position she sat in for many years. Rhianna, Beyonce, Britney et al all have young followers yet parade gratuitously enhancing the ‘sex’ aspect of their gender. Yet parents scramble to get their children tickets to see their idols live. It is a sure win for the concept of ‘build it and they will come’ ethos for companies operating their puppeteers. So whilst, I do not wholly blame parents for the rising numbers of emotionally troubled children, they do participate to the degradation of their children’s emotional health. How feasible is it for parents to remove their child from society in order to protect their fragile minds? Parents should take some responsibility in the sense that instead of ‘joining the masses,’ they should forge a ‘will not be tolerated’ underpinning to force companies using and abusing not just the celebrities but also their followers. People do not recognise how much buying power they really do possess. If the argument is ‘well, everyone is doing it, so how can I not’ then who is this ‘everyone’ and who is following whom?
There are websites dedicated to ‘thinspiration’ with encouraging tricks to defend against the need for a balance diet. Catwalk models strutting their bony figures in alluring fashion, celebrities convincing themselves that their bulging eyes are somehow attractive. These are just some of the reasons what parents are fighting against in protecting their normally developing child. The traditional definition of normal does not fit in with societies reclaimed definition, as there is no definition. The Beauty Myth is just that, a myth. The concept of beauty as defined by society does not exist. So what people usually strive for does not exist. Yet, children are now getting in on the act, they are now focusing their young minds on how they translate information gained from their wider world, which is to be stick-like, unhealthy and emotionally pained. This is where I do blame parents as they have more than they realise power to re-educate their children but how can they? How are parents, especially mothers able to educate their children when these same mothers fall prey to the same predatory guises? These same mothers are prey to the Beauty Myth.