Forever 21: Dealing with
America’s fear of aging and death
This research paper compares American, and foreign culture, to show how American culture rejects the idea of growing old, and has unhealthy misconceptions about health, and beauty, vs. cultures that embrace aging. The research presented in this paper was influenced by main stream media advertizing, and Kathleen Berger’s thoughts on culture and self-esteem. The paper focuses on the negative effects of media on American culture. It also focuses on how faith can benefit American culture, and why aging, and death should be seen as a natural part of life. Another topic discussed in this paper is, American culture’s views on aging, and how it effects today youth. The information presented in this paper would be valuable for counselors, or youth teachers, who would like to better understand the anxiety most young adults have about growing old, and death. The main purpose of this paper is to expose The United States inability to accept the inevitable, and why America should embrace growing old with more dignity.
Today’s culture is one that seems to revere beauty, while despising the concept of growing old. With advertisements like “OLAY DEFINITY: Because younger-looking eyes never go out of fashion.”, or “Maximize your genetic potential with GNC GENETIXHD.” It’s no wonder that emerging adults today are so hung up on looks, rather than health, or spirituality. After reading several articles on Anorexia Nervosa, it is clear that America has a much higher rate of anorexic patients than any other country. According to Doctor Maria Makino from the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, “The prevalence of eating disorders in non-Western countries is lower than that of the Western countries but appears to be increasing (Makino, 2004)”. The sad reality is that eating, and anxiety disorders are very common among emerging adults...
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