Eating disorders are a hidden health crisis that no one wants to talk about, especially on college campuses. At the age of 18 to 22 children are becoming adults and are starting to develop knowledge for the world around them and themselves. Each individual does so in a different way and that is what makes humans unique. Boys and girls around the country grow up with their eyes glued to the television watching unattainable goals society has set for each of us. From size zero clothing to fist sized biceps, our media and society have shaped the way we think about ourselves whether we believe it or not. My question is why and how did we get here as a society?
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and a suicide rate that is 50 times higher than that of the general population. This is alarming because the rate of eating disorders in our society is skyrocketing. 95% of people who identify as having an eating disorder are between the ages of 12-25. These are times when kids are most impressionable and with this technology driven era it is no surprise that this kind of hidden crisis exists. Kids begin watching television from a very young age and develop an idea of what they believe society should look like. The problem is that the advertisements they are watching and the magazines they are reading often times do not properly represent what society is actually like. They put this image in our heads and with that goes individuality. Continue reading “The problem that no one talks about”