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People who have anorexia also have different brains, research showed that the pleasure center of the brain don't react to food as strongly as other peoples brains (9 ).

The whole issue of eating disorders is complex. But a professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Diego Walter Kaye, M.D., noted that "Individuals with anorexia tend to report that dieting reduces anxiety, while eating increases it," and also said. "This is very different from most individuals, who experience hunger as unpleasant." Also they do not tend to experience pleasure or live in the moment (10 ).

Researchers have said, "although it is tempting to conclude that watching a large dose of thin idealized images on television leads to dissatisfaction with one's body, a correlation cannot determine causality. An alternative scenario, for example, might be that those most dissatisfied with their bodies or wishing to be thinner, seek out or are more interested in particular types of television."(11 ).

The French are trying to outlaw anything that would publicly incite extreme thinness. Marleen S. Williams, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University in Utah felt the French legislative attempt was too simplistic. She said, "you're putting your finger in one hole in the dike, but there are other holes, and it's much more complex than that." (12 ).

The media may not cause a person to have an eating disorder, Steven Thomsen, associate professor of communications said, "Understand that it's not necessarily the media's fault, but that young women may choose to use the media to support and reinforce their eating disorder,". This is due to the media giving our culture what it craves already. people with eating disorder may use the media in a distorted way (13 ). The media may exacerbate the problem. But until there is a cultural change of how we view and treat others. Until we realize that this is medical condition that needs competent and professional aid. Nothing will change, regardless of what the media does.


Media, body image, eating disorders, outlaw, fault, culture