Eating Disorders in the Entertainment Culture

Eating Disorders in the Entertainment CultureOur daily lives revolve around constant stimulation from TV, music, computers or portable devices. Much of this entertainment is defined by increasingly perfected and homogenous images of attractive people. Photoshop and other technologies have made images of entertainers impossibly beautiful, and the commercial standard is often much more thin or fit than the average man or woman. Extreme thinness is not ideal for an average woman’s health, and perfected images of men increasingly reflect a uniform masculinity that may not exist in reality or may be unachievable. These impossible standards are noticeable in all aspects of entertainment, and our entertainment culture constantly discusses weight and appearances.

These images put pressure on those in the entertainment industry as well as consumers to reach an unattainable goal, and individuals faced with this pressure may develop an eating disorder. More heterosexual men feel pressure to pay more attention to their looks and may feel insecure when they don’t match up to celebrities in the entertainment industry. Eating disorders affect all races, economic levels and genders.

Why Entertainers May Develop Eating Disorders

Entertainers are constantly under pressure from managers and directors to appear thin on camera. The competitive nature of the entertainment industry drives many individuals to extremes, and the entertainment culture idealizes thinness. Actresses and actors are dehumanized and criticized for their body shape or looks. Breaking into entertainment often happens at a young age, and individuals without a healthy lifestyle and support network may become overwhelmed. When constantly trying to please others, entertainers may attempt to deal with stress and gain control over their lives by controlling their food intake. Eating disorders may develop in an environment where a demand for perfection is paired with high stress and unrealistic beauty ideals.

How Entertainment Culture Encourages Eating Disorders among Fans

The Internet and portable devices have made entertainment a large part of daily life, increasing the consumption of stereotypical images of beauty and masculinity. Individuals consume more entertainment than before with constant Internet or TV use, and a constant online presence in social media puts pressure on individuals to always appear perfect. A demand for perfection and the pressure to be beautiful and thin are main contributors to the development of eating disorders. While eating disorders are often ignored or hidden, the rare cases when an entertainer speaks honestly about having an eating disorder provide inspiration for fans to get help for their own negative relationship with food.

Find Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are treatable with counseling and a diagnosis of underlying conditions that contribute to an unhealthy relationship with food. Celebrities, entertainers and everyday people can find professional help that will meet their unique recovery needs, and we can help. Call now, as our helpline is toll free, and our experienced and caring counselors are available 24 hours a day.