Destruction by Depiction

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Destruction by Depiction

By | June 2010
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Destruction by Depiction
The topic of appearance and weight is very prevalent among people in today's society. Everywhere we look we find people of all sorts of different weights and appearances. Tall, small, thin, wide, fat and skinny are just a variety of the words we use to describe people. Almost no one is completely happy with their weight. We are constantly looking for ways to better ourselves and improve our physical appearance. This paper will argue the fact how the prevalence of self-image is slowly destroying individuals self-perception throughout society. This paper will also discuss the dangers that society's infatuation with weight can have on a person and will provide detailed examples from prior to the onset of this epidemic through today and how society's view on weight differs from society’s view of weight 60 years ago. The topic of the dangers of various weight-related disorders and diseases will also be discussed. Women, as well as men, go throughout their day hearing comments, compliments and perhaps insults regarding their looks. Society has become so conditioned into focusing so much on appearances alone. It has been said that a first impression is the last impression, so make it count. That saying meant something different back then than it does now. Now people in society judge individuals way beyond how they are dressed or how they combed their hair. The first thing that is noticed about a person is how heavy or skinny they are. Even though this type of judgment seems shallow, we all have been guilty of it. Our society has become so overly obsessed by appearances that it begins to take an effect on not only how we treat others but also ourselves. Eating disorders are a common and very realistic part of our society. Society’s obsession on weight leads many people to tragically become anorexic or bulimic. Dieting, binge-eating and food obsessions are prevalent among all weight groups. A study was completed looking at 9 and 10 year old...

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