Dying to Be Thin

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In the documentary, Dying to be Thin, dancers and regular people are asked about the pressure to be thin. This video has taught me that in our society being extremely skinny is considered beautiful. Not everyone is meant to be a size 2. It all depends on what your body type is. Everyone is beautiful no matter what size they wear. The word beautiful does not require the word skinny.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t see yourself as beautiful your confidence is very low. While watching the video I realized that most girls are either pressured in to becoming as thin as possible or either they are told they are not good enough. I feel as if you notice someone is not comfortable in their own body, talk to them. Let that person know that it is ok not to be a size 2. Talk to them before they develop an eating disorder or try and harm themselves as well. Everyone should see the beauty in themselves.

This documentary involves dancers and the pressure that instructors, peers, and spectators give dancers to be thin. In the dance world the thinner you are the more beautiful; even girls at the age of ten are pressured into being thin. This opinion needs to be changed; ten year old girls should not have to decide between something they love and what they are being told. Every day either a man or a woman develops an eating disorder. Eating disorders are deadly and if not caught earlier will do major harm.

If you know someone who is going through a rough stage, talk to them and tell them everything is ok. Get them to understand that they are beautiful and nothing is more important than their lives and they should value that. Peers are a major influence on whether or not a person feels bad about themselves, so always watch what you say to others. Do not tell them are stupid for what they think, an eating disorder is a mental disorder, and should be handled with care. Beauty is skin deep and no one should feel any different.
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