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25 April 2007, 10:36 PM   #1
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I think people over blame the media for people's eating disorders. I mean, sometimes it
has an effect. But people tell you the media says "You have to be thin" But on any
magazine no where does it say that in print or say anything close to that. They just use
thin models. But they aren't saying to look like that. Its like when PSA show pictures of
people who smoke or something, it doesn't mean you must be like that, its just showing a
picture. Anyway, its annoying how the media is blamed for something that they didn't even

27 April 2007, 08:11 AM   #2
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I know... like I mean that the media has some effects, but if your friends are all stick
thin and they think u neeed to lose weight you do it... i dont' think that that's right...
Heyy... <3 ya all 4ev Smiles!!!

27 April 2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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I think the media does have a lot of influence. A lot of girls see stars taped 24/7 and
think "maybe if I look like them....". But a lot of it comes from pure peer pressure.

27 April 2007, 05:40 PM   #4
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I know somebody at my school whose kinda like obsessed with weight

Its not because of the media. It's cuz this girl was talking about diets alot. Also,  she
ate the most out of anyone in her class and started feeling guilty about that

But she told me mostly she feels fat when she goes to CHURCH, everyone there is thinner
than her and her family

29 April 2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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It's more than pictures. It's about representation. Smokers are not represented in
a favourable light, but if a model is portrayed as glamorous and someone you should aspire
to be, and is thin, that's pressuring you.

The media is a huge huge huge influence over people, especially mine (and I assume your)
generation. It's almost impossible to comprehend how huge.

1 May 2007, 03:42 PM   #6
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I think the only reason they use thin modles is because its what people want
its what people want to be
they want to be skinny and they want to look like the modles on the front of a mag yes
there is a problem with eating diorders but it doesnt mean everyones like that when some
people have a problem they turn to food for comfort but thats not the way to go int the
end you just feel worse about your self

1 May 2007, 04:16 PM   #7
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But I mean, no where in print does the media actually admit people need to look like
models. And people act like that.

And besides, its not really fair to blame thin models, thats they'rejob

11 May 2007, 05:52 PM   #8
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yeah i guess

11 May 2007, 08:07 PM   #9
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Cowyeshia: As I said, it's about representation. It's called subtext, things are not
always on a literal level.

11 May 2007, 10:11 PM   #10
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Last edited by Cowyeshia, 11 May 2007
Whoa, that was deep. Alittle to deep for me low level of intellegence. But in a way your
sorta right. However it isn't entirley there fault

12 May 2007, 07:14 AM   #11
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These teen girls see this beautiful girl who is anorexic
And they want to be like them,I mean
So they are going to be skinny,and soon die of starvation

Anorexia is a way of killing yourself

12 May 2007, 06:53 PM   #12
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An analogy (Ignore the legal problems, they're irrelevant):

Say I run a cigarette business, and I want to improve my sales. I employ a teenage girl
who likes my cigarettes to befriend people a couple of years younger than her, and then
flaunt that she smokes as much as possible without saying that the 'friend' should do so.
As a result, my sales of cigarettes goes through the roof.

Is my business responsible for the smoking-related illhealth and deaths? Or can I just say
"Hey, I never _told_ them to buy the cigarettes, it was their choice, and therefore their

13 May 2007, 10:21 PM   #13
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Well it is unhealthy to sit in front of the TV or the computer and stay watching it all
day. People look at bad things. Or bad websites I'm not trying to be mean or insulting but
Myspace is a bad website. People get stalked,raped, and the loose their jobs or many
things on myspace. My news says that Myspace is a horrible website. My big sister goes on
Myspace and she has bad friends and she has changed in a bad way a lot. Watch bad stuff on
the TV also. They watch bad stuff which could of changed them. Which goes the same with
the computer. Its not healthy because you are just watching it and not going outside and
having a blast.. I ride my bike, I ride my scooter, I playout side and it keeps you active
and healthy. Just don't stay on the computer to long.

14 May 2007, 05:37 AM   #14
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Two legs bad!

14 May 2007, 11:44 PM    #15
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MewMewPuppy: It is just the fact that models are making children think they NEED to be
super skinny

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