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Question Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 08:25 AM

Hii.

Hope everyone had a wonderful new year.

You probably remember this thread, or something very similair, from me not long ago, but I lost all of the absolutely ~WONDERFUL~ answers I was given by you beautiful, lovely people. I'd really appreciate if you'd comment again! :

Im conducting a small sociological study concerning ED cases, ED awareness and the media. I want to get the opinions of real teenagers, some sufferers, some supporters, others who are just aware. If you can encourage anyone and everyone to do this, I'd be EXCEEDINGLY greatful, because many people are really paranoid about talking about EDs in any detail.

Please, We're aiming to get both Quantative data (stuff we can graph and chart) and Qualititive data (like your comments and in-depth opinions) So initially these questions will be Quantative (Yes/No questions, multiple choice etc.) But I really REALLY want to know what you think in more detail, so feel free and proud to go into more detail -- this is what will make the study all the better

Questions:
What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)



Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)



Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)



Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)



How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)

0-1 2-4 5-8 9+

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)



When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)



When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)



Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)



Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)



Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)



If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)



Thank you, you can put your name next to it if you would like , but once again, not necessary. And if this goes any further than a class study, I will get in touch, if we get some interesting results I would be tempted to send them off as a proper study, to a sociology journal, but I would contact ou first to ensure you're content with being used

Once again, thank you so much, Really honoured to have your answers!

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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 04:31 PM

What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)

16, british, female.


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)

I don't purposely go looking for them - if they catch my eye then yes, or if there is a magazine in the house and i come across a health article then yes i usually read them.


Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)

Same as above really, only if there's one in a magazine lying around somewhere.

Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)

Only if the advice is true, if i find something to relate to me or seem to look as though it could help me in any way, i will research it online. Not often, but usually from magazines such as 'Look'



How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)

0-1 2-4 5-8 9+

It takes me 20 minutes to walk to and from school each day(5 day week), and then I sometimes do P.E for one hour a week...sometimes because i usually skip it. It makes me feel horrible as i hate doing exercise because i always think about the weight i am losing and i don't want to get slimmer as i am a stick already.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)

No i have never been put on a diet medically, nor have i made myself go on one. I eat what i want, when i want usually.



When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)

I don't usually go to supermarkets, but when i do i notice that there's usually a lot of sugar in supposed 'low calorie' stuff therefore it's not that healthy. They do try to promote healthy foods but the organic stuff is usually more expensive therefore unhealthy foods are going to be bought more as they are relatively cheaper and come with deals like 'buy one get one free'.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)

To be honest, on television i always see healthy/curvy looking people. When i watch the fashion channel however i do see tons of very thin models and it makes me feel disgusted to be honest as i think to myself, how has this become the norm?! I feel inadequate when i see curvy people on TV because i am not, i am thin like the skinny models and i am not happy with myself because double standards have made it so that, you are not a 'real woman' if you don't have curves.



Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)

I think the media is absolute crap! They are full of double standards and hypocrisy, and they contradict themselves every darn minute. No one is sure of what is 'normal' anymore. They are constantly putting pressure on people to become thin and beautiful, promoting all sorts of diets and slating people who are a bit overweight but not overly so, making them feel like a failure, and then people who read these magazines/or watch these shows will compare themselves to these people and think they need to lose weight too. Of course constantly having thin people in the media is going to have an effect on people, and yes it does play a role in some people developing EDS but i don't think it's fair to blame the media entirely as some people are more weak-minded than others therefore give into fad diets moreso. And no, i don't find only thin people beautiful - anyone can be beautiful.


Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa
Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)

Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder
Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising
Pica Disorder
EDNOS

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)





The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

Yes i agree as, constantly seeing images of so called 'perfection' can lead people to developing EDS but it does not just do this alone, a number of other factors influence EDS.

Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)

I doubt anyone could enforce such rules, even if they did, there are ways round things! And it's a little too far to go back on things now, as people's mindsets have already been created - but if it helps future generations in any way, then that would be beneficial but like i said, i doubt rules could be introduced.



If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)

I've never been diagnosed with anything, but i do excessively binge eat/comfort eat on a regular basis.


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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 08:41 PM

Before I start, I think it's great that you made this thread. More people need to be aware of eating disorders. :]

What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)
I'm 13, American, and female.


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)

I'll occasionally read a tabloid if I'm in line at a shopping center. As for just health-related magazines, no, I don't read those. I do read Girls' Life, and those magazines talk about a broad range of topics, including health, drugs, problems, celebrities, and more. The opinions they broadcast are things like stay safe, don't fall to [bad] peer pressure, make sure that you take good care of your body (like, don't not eat and exercise immensely, don't do drugs, ect.), and that thin isn't nesseccarily beautiful. Beauty is in every shape and size. :]

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
Nope. I do not do quizzes because I'm lazy and I don't think they are completely accurate.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
I follow the golden rule of health- exercise and eat healthy. I don't go on crash diets or any diets at all. I tried one for one day and gave up- I like chocolate. Media doesn't really promote reasonable diets [i.e., Lose 40 pounds in 3 weeks!]. In my opinion, if you want to lose weight, ask your doctor to see how much you need to lose any and to see how to lose the weight.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
I take 3 and a half hours of dance a week, help teach dance an hour a week, take a class at a gym for an hour a week, and I try to work out with weights for about an hour a week, but I haven't worked out this week. ^^;
Two of my dance classes are each one hour, one's an hour and a half. I do this exercise to stay healthy and because I like it. It makes me feel good about myself.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
Yes, one for one day. It was the South Beach diet, and I stopped because I didn't like it. Instead of not eating certain foods, I decided to just eat healthier and exercise, and it has worked.

When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
It depends on where you go. Wal-Mart normally has junk food and the like on sale, promoting bad food. Like I said, though, it just depends where you shop.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
Yes, I most certainly do. The models are sickly looking and just some bones with skin on them, and this makes young children think that they should look this way, which makes many people end up with eating disorders. When I was younger, I had an eating disorder, and those models didn't help me feel any better about myself. Now, I'm getting better, but I still have low self-esteem.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
Yes I do. Tabloids will have pictures of healthy-looking celebs and say, "Look who has gain weight!" which promotes the idea healthy=ugly, thin=beautiful. In my opinion, this promotes EDs greatly.


Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

I have heard of all but BDD. I have learned about them here and at school.

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

Yes. Media is constantly talking about diets, models make people think that they should be that thin, and everything just make people think that thin is beautiful! This definitely causes EDs. When I had an ED, I really did listen to the media and thought I was the ugliest person on the planet just because I was healthy.

Do you think there ought to be limitations or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented?

Yes. At the very least, magazines should be able to post pictures of celebs, models, ect. photoshopped to appear different than what they really are.
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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 09:25 PM

What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)

I am thirteen, American, and a female.


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
I don't read many magazines to begin with, but on the rare occasion that I pick one up and skim through it, I occasionally run across articles about things like that, mostly in celebrity magazines where they talk about celebrity's "hot new bikini bods" and stuff like that, and sometimes I glance at them. When I do actually read one, it's usually in a celebrity magazine, and the articles seem to leave the impression that the celebrity's simply lost weight so they could look good in a bathing suit and go down a size in jeans, as if that's what honestly matter when it comes to losing weight.

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)

I've never really done that before, because most of the time I could care less what a quiz has to say about my body.

Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
I don't think and I never have followed advice about diets from the media, I think the best advice about what diet to go on or what healthy choices to make come from a dietitian or someone whose an expert in that kind of area.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
I rarely ever exercise. Maybe two or three times a week I walk home from school which takes me about 20-30 minutes, and sometimes I walk to school from my grandma's apartment which is only about two blocks from my school, so I dont get much exercise.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
When I was younger I went on a diet [I was about ten or eleven] and there was a small period of time when I just started counting calories and not eating beyond a certain amount in a whole day, but most of the time I just eat when I feel like it.


When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
The unhealthy stuff is promoted more, I think. You don't often see sales on fruits and vegetables as you see on chocolate and cookies and all that good stuff, so I definitely think that sugary and fattening things are promoted more at the grocery store.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
I'm not a huge TV watcher, but when I do watch TV I actually see a lot of ads where people are just so darn thin. Make-up ads, clothing store ads, mostly stuff like that. And I feel that they are to thin because I have absolutely never seen even the most gorgeous of person look like that, and that's absolutely ridiculous. When I see stuff like this on TV I tend to ask myself why I can't look like these people on the ads, and feel as if I should look like them.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
I think the media is absolutely ridiculous. It does equate beautiful with thin. What really gets at me is seeing debates in magazines where people say that models for such and such a store are to fat. Or a certain celebrity is to overweight. They say that they are ugly and should lose weight if they want to be a model, and to be pretty. And no, I don't think that's true. I think that whether or skinny or not-so skinny has nothing to do with how pretty you are. The media does not make me feel that other people have to be skinny to be pretty, because I think we should all see beauty in everyone, but it does make me feel that I have to be skinny to be pretty. So it absolutely does have an affect on people's mindsets. If it didn't, there wouldn't be so many simply gorgeous girls looking in the mirror and completely hating themselves. And I think to that it already does have an affect on some ED's, and might even be the cause of some. I know that when you already struggle with self-image and weight issues, and then the stupid ads and media are constantly just telling you how you should look, how much you should weigh, it drives you to a point where you simply can't take it anymore.

Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa
Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder
Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising
Pica Disorder
EDNOS


(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

Heard of the first and the third.

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

I agree that the media is one of the things that can increase Eating Disorder, because it simply eats away at your confidence and opinion of yourself.

Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)

I have no idea how anyone could do that. But if there were ways, I think it would definitely be a good idea to put a limit on what's displayed in the media. It would be great to not have the media hurt the confidence of some people so much, but I honestly think that there's not many ways to stop it.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)

To be honest I'm not a complete expert on Eating Disorders, I just know a bit about them, and I'm not sure if this falls under the category of an eating disorder, but I eat a lot of food for comfort and for the sake of feeling better, but eventually it makes me feel anything but better.





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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 10:26 PM


Questions:
What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)

19, American, female.

Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
Yes-Vegetarian Times, which is all for healthy eating, no cal food, and constant exercise.


Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
Yes, but I can't remember which ones, although I never take them seriously.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
No.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
2-3 hours, more if I have extra time. Normally walking or running, sometimes Martial Arts. Usually for only about 30 mins, depends on how much free time I have. Makes me feel better, like I'm free.


Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
I have been on many many diets, probably around 20 or 30. I cannot remember any specific ones. My first was nine years ago, when I was ten. Because I was chubby and needed to diet.


When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
Unhealthy food. Everything is high in fat and carbs and calories. Their own brands are the least healthy of all.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)No, they aren't too skinny. There is no such thing as too skinny.
I feel fat looking at them. Of course they make me feel inadequate.



Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
Yes, but thin is beautiful. Of course it does, people will want to be thin if they think it's beautiful.It might, it really depends on how a person goes about dealing with their weight.


Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Body Dysmporphic Disorder

Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder
Compulsive Exercising
EDNOS

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)Yes, if you mean the articles about anorexia and bulimia.If not, then no.



Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)
Yes, people over a certain weight, or under a certain weight, should not be in the media.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)
Eh, well my therapist labeled me as EDNOS.


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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 10th 2009, 11:36 PM

Questions:
What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)
18, Canadian, female


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)

I only buy the occasional magazine, such as People or Us Weekly. I always read the covers of the magazines while I'm standing in line ups at stores. The magazines are always pointing out celebrities weight and talking about how good or bad they look. My mom always gets those women magazines and I'll usually browse through them when she's done, and I've noticed they have a new diet tip every single issue! It's insane.


Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)

I've taken a couple online quizzes about whether or not my eating habits are healthy. The results weren't very good honestly and I know they're accurate.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)

Not really, but the odd time when I've heard you should eat a certain fruit or take more of a certain vitamin or whatever I've done it for awhile. Never really keep up with those things though.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
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between 8-10 hours a week
mostly just walking, running, and yoga
to school and back, and before dinner and on weekends
usually for 30minutes to 2 hours at a time
it makes me feel good, healthy


Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)

Yes
way more than I can count
first when I was 7 or 8 years old
not medically advised, just felt too fat
no specific diets, just try to exercise and not eat too much



When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)

I don't really notice any promotions in the grocery store. I think that happens outside of the store.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)

Some of them seem too skinny but most of them just seem perfect. Seeing them definately makes me feel inadequate.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)

Yes I think more often than not the media does equate beautiful with thin. I do not think that only thin people are beautiful, but I think most people do. This definately contributes to EDs.



Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

I have heard of all of those
I know quite a bit about most of them I think from talk shows like Oprah and Tyra Banks and some school presentations and books and websites I've read
they were represented in a way that showed all the negative effects caused by them


The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

Yes, because the celebrities keep getting thinner and thinner and society feels the need to keep up with that. There is also the issue pf photoshopping so we see false images and think they're real.


Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)

I do not think there should be limitations for the media because I believe in complete freedom of expression. I do think that the media should take it upon themselves to not mention weight so often and not photoshop images and such.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)

I was diagnosed with disordered eating NOS when I was 16.


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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 11th 2009, 12:27 AM

Questions:
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17, English Cypriot, Female.

Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)

Yeap, sometimes health diets, detoxing diets, summer diets. Whatever's there really. Mostly they contain how to go on these diets for a week or so, what to eat, excersise etc.

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)

Sometimes, never really take it seriously though.

Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)


Hardly ever

How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)

In the past not so much, now I'm aiming for 4-5 hours a week minimum. Looking around for a gym, aerobics and just some exercises at home.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)

Yea a few times. To loose weight and be a bit healthier. Normally I try cut out the junk and restrict

When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)

They're normally balanced

When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)

Some models/actresses are too skinny, but used anyway. Most of the time they seem 'just right' though.
Definitely felt inadequate.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)

The media definitely equates beautiful with thin. This is a large contributor to EDs in my opinion.

Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS
(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)
Anorexia, Bulimia nervosa
BDD
Compulsive/Binge eating disorder
Compulsive excersing
EDNOS
Generally research and the media. I have been told that I could have BDD which made me look further into it.


The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

I do agree, most EDs start off as someone simply dieting, and trying to look like a favourite celeb. So in away, it's an easy push.
There is too much focus on how people look and continuously slate celebs for their weight and looks.


Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)

Limitaitons no. If someone thinks they're triggered by reading a certain magazine, it should be their responsibility to avoid it. However, the media should know what is acceptable and not and try and filter what content they print.






   
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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 11th 2009, 10:02 PM

Thought, to be fair to you lot, I'd better post my answers too!

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15, English, Female

Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
Yus, but not often, generally the Fashion and Celeb bit that falls out of the times or whatever newspaper my Mum bought!! There does seem to be a shock-horror-panic if they gain or lose a half pound!!

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
On occasions, but not very often, don't take it very seriously generally, they contradict themselves so ruddy often!


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
On occasions, if it seems logical, like 5 portions of fruit and veg or something, but I won't be religiously dedicated to it.

How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
5-8...I walk, I jog, i dance (in enclosed spaces!!) I like to play the Wii, I spend a remarkable amount of time jus doing little muscle stretches!

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
Yes, 3, the last one for a continuous 8 months (and i'm losing nothing <IMG class=inlineimg title=">.) yuhh medically advised because I am Big, not specific, and I generally try and restrict to under the female resting rate

When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
I think they promote healthy foods heavily, but tI think it is misleading, because their 'healthy' ready meals will often be plastered i low fat stickers, but have 25% of your daily sugar, or something silly like that. Tescos and ASDA, their are own brand, but as above.

When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
I think they're thin, I think they should be more varied for the models, but no group should eb cut completely out. Yes. Don't they make everyone feel inadequate?

Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do <I>you</I> think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
Yuss. I think all sorts of people can be beautiful, but your weight doesn't determine that. Of course it will effect how people feel and think! And it could become a contributing factor, bbut certainly not the only one.

Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS

All, I know their definitions, the symptoms or warnng signs for the more common or well known, and some of the emotion and feeling behind them. There was the whole Princess Di thing, Marry Kate and Ashley, blah blah. but their generally idolised girls.

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)
I think so, but again, not the sole cause. I think skinny models make people feel inadequate and create the illusion that thin=beautiful=happy. And that is not always the case, weight loss alone will not make you content.

Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)
I thik there should be fair representation, and I think airbrushing should have limits, or we're idolising a beauty that never existed.

If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)
Never professionally diagnosed, but do/did binge eat, fast and purge.
   
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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 12th 2009, 01:42 AM

Questions:
What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)
15, American, Female


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
I did for a while, but I don't bother with it much anymore. Mostly Seventeen, People, or something of that nature. They contain a lot of ads, a few interesting stories, and a lot of pictures of clothing and makeup.


Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
Sometimes, but I don't really trust them.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
Haha, a billion times NO.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
I've been pretty sedentary lately, due to good old lack of motivation. Exercise makes me feel really good about myself.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
I've never been on a specific diet as advertised by some company, and I've never been on a medically advised diet.


When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
Depends on the supermarket. If you go to Henry's Market they're going to be advertising their fresh produce (obviously healthy.) But if you go to Stater Bros., they're usually advertising something unhealthy.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
Sometimes I feel like the models are too skinny; it depends on the ad of course. "Too skinny" is hard to define. If your BMI is below the healthy range, that's usually "too skinny." I pretty much just feel insulted when there is an ad that only uses girls with one body type. I feel as if fashion designers forget that everyone's different. Some people have a larger frame, some have smaller, some are skinnier, some are heavier, some are taller, some are shorter, etc. I don't see what's wrong with including all body types.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
It depends on the media. Different reporters have different opinions. "The media" is not always a whole. It's made up of many different people with different opinions on beauty. And IMO, saying someone is ugly just because she is skinny is just as bad as saying someone is ugly just because she is fat.
I don't think that only thin people are beautiful, but I don't feel beautiful when I'm not thin. Which is weird, because that's not something I hold other people to, just myself.



Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS
^ All of the the above, but I'm in no way an expert. ^

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)
I searched on the internet, read a few books, and talked to a few people who have suffered from eating disorders. Anorexia and Bulimia are probably the most publicized eating disorders. Most teens I know in real life think that "eating disorder" and "anorexia" are interchangeable terms. (Which might tell you something about what the media has taught them.)

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)
Eating disorders existed way before there ever was a media. I think that because of the information being circulated, more people are thinking about it and realizing things they didn't see before. Just because a person didn't know the technical term for their problem until they read a newspaper article about it, doesn't mean it wasn't there. It just means that they can add that to a statistic and make it appear that there is a change.


Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)
No, because that's censorship. I think that there should be encouragement to include all body types and stress the fact that they are all beautiful human beings. But that won't happen any time soon.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)
I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but I have struggled with my body image and unhealthy eating habits for quite a while now. If I did have an eating disorder, it would probably be ED-NOS.


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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 12th 2009, 09:42 AM

What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)
19, American, female


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
Yes. They convey messages of perfection, weight loss, beauty because of weight loss, etc.


Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
No.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
I don't know.


How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
Depends on my health.


Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
Yes, certainly. My first was in middle school.. or maybe even 4th or 5th grade. that's age 9 or 10.


When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
Unhealthy, probably. At least, there's more of that. I actually like healthy foods, though, so I don't have to force myself to eat it. It isn't hard for me to stay away from junk.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
No. I reckon they don't seem real to me, though. They're just my ideal... I don't want OTHER "real" girls to be like that, if that makes sense.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
Sometimes, certainly. But I think all people are beautiful, in ways. Perhaps with a select few I have to "convince" myself there is beauty in them, but I like to believe that's because I don't find them beautiful internally. I may have illusions.


Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?
Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Body Dysmporphic Disorder, Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia Nervosa, Compulsive Exercising, EDNOS, Diabulimia.


The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)
Yes. Although sometimes is isn't the media.


Do you think there ought to be limitations or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)
I can't say I think that's a step in the right direction, in terms of freedoms, etc.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)
Yes.



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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 12th 2009, 10:08 AM

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What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)

17, female, british

Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)

Yes.....all the time....look at how celebrities look and pine to be like them...giggle over any minging pictures of them. Look at all diet plans. All show skinny as pretty.

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)

Generally no. Will do them for a laugh occassionally, but never seriously


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)

Yes. I always seem to latch on to fad diets. Found in magazines, adverts of products. Will follow strictly for a few weeks then switch.



How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)

0-1 2-4 5-8 9+

umm....0... i never find the time, and am too lazy....but then walk 30mins to college and back 3xa week briskly.

Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)

Milions of times. Never medically advised. I started when i was 11 and generally do them 2/3 of the time. To be honest its a yo-yo diet. I starve. then cut protiens. then high protien low carb, then low fat. I follow anything i find, atkins, weight watchers, low fat, low carb. Just genearlly healthy. Liquid only.

When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)

Unhealthy foods. I work at sommerfield, and all cheap products are sweets, crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks. Expensive ones are fruits, veg and similar.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)

Seeing them always makes me feel inadequate. The dove advert uses what i call real people. But generally there skinny stuning people who i cant compare.

Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)

Definately. The media presents it like that, and even when critisising really skinny, the models still look stunning. Its rubbed of on me...i'm obsessed with losing weight, and it definately as an impact on the number of ED's.

Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?

Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS

Bulimia, BDD....Both since i was 11...To be honest, it took a while to be properly diagnosed, until the doctors reallised i was purging continously. Its very up-down though and not continous.

(if you wish to elaborate, can you tell me how much you know about them, how you found out, if you've heard about any of these in popular media, how they were represented etc.)

The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)

I agree. People with low body self esteem look at pictures of skinny people, and see themselves wanting to be that way.


Do you think there ought to be limitatons or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)

They shouldnt show images of anyone under a certain healthy weight/bmi.


If you would be so kind to tell me if you have ever suffered an ED (not an obligatory question)

Yes...on and of bulimia, and body image disorder...


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Re: Eating Disorders and the Media - January 12th 2009, 02:25 PM

What is your age, nationality and gender? (So we can check and trends of that nature)
17, British, Female.


Do you ever read magazines containing information about health, food, and/or celebrities? (If you want to elaborate -- which ones? what do they contain? What opinions do they communicate? etc.)
I read a lot of celebrity magazines, they contain too much personal informationa bout celebrities lives that I like to read about anyway.

Do you ever complete quizzes or questionnaires on your health/wellbeing? (Elaboration -- specifically what? How seriously do you take the results? Are they accurate? How often? etc.)
Have done in the past but don't really care about the results.


Do you follow advice from the media concerning your health and diet? (Elaboration -- specifically? How seriously? How often? What sorts, where from? etc.)
Don't think so.

How many hours a week do you exercise? (Elaboration -- What exercise? When? For how long at once? How does it make you feel?)
Depends on the week. Could vary from 4-12? Depends if walking counted because I walk quite a bit.


Have you ever been on a diet? (How many? when was your first? Why? Medically advised? Any specific ones? (like atkins or w/e) Do you control your diet in a specific way?)
Yes, not medically advised, don't know when my first was or how many.


When you go to supermarkets do you think they promote healthy or unhealthy foods more? (What foods? What supermarkets? How do they promote? Are there 'own brand' healthy products?)
I think they promote unhealthy foods more, and they seem to have they're own brands in things that people seen to buy the most, which is generally unhealthy things.


When you watch TV or see adverts of young people, do you think the models used are too skinny? (Why do you feel this way? What is too skinny? Are there adverts that don't? How do you feel when you look at them? Has seeing them ever made you feel inadequate?)
I think some of them promote girls that are too thin and makes people feel inadequate but not all adverts and programs.


Do you feel that the media equates 'beautiful' with 'thin'? (Do you think only thin people are beautiful? Will this have an effect on peoples mindsets? Do you think this could increase the number of EDs?)
I would associate thin with beautiful but you don't have to be thin to be beautiful, if that makes sence. I think that the media does influence peoples mindsets with this link and could increase the number of ED's.

Can you tell me which of these disorders you have heard of?
Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Body Dysmporphic Disorder (BDD)
Compulsive Eating Disorder/Binge Eating Disorder Orthorexia Nervosa
Compulsive Exercising Pica Disorder EDNOS - All.


The rise of EDs has been influenced by the media's increase of weight related images/articles. Do you agree? (To what extent, In what ways, etc.)
Yes, but I think there are other influencing factors too, you can't blame it all on the media.


Do you think there ought to be limitations or guidelines on the physical appearances shown in the media and how they are presented? (What sort of limitations, how to put them in place etc)
No, I don't think it's possible to put them into place realistically.




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