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A new re­search has found that women are ma­jorly af­fected by the eat­ing dis­or­der, also de­fined as a men­tal dis­or­der that causes ab­nor­mal eat­ing habits and neg­a­tively af­fects a per­son’s phys­i­cal or men­tal health. Dis­rup­tions in the eat­ing be­hav­iour may not nec­es­sar­ily be mo­ti­vated by the drive for pur­suit of thin­ness or any distortion of body image, but rather gen­der ex­pec­ta­tions and pres­sures from a cul­tur­ally dom­i­nated so­ci­ety.

In ad­di­tion, the me­dia plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in fur­ther in­flu­enc­ing the minds of the spec­ta­tors by float­ing unattain­able im­ages of the body un­nec­es­sar­ily, as men­tioned in the re­search. “It is im­por­tant to stress that the study does not work on the as­sump­tion that issues con­cern­ing gen­der iden­tity are only rel­e­vant to the ex­pe­ri­ence and treat­ment of eat­ing dis­or­ders in girls and women,” said Su Holmes, re­searcher at the Univer­sity of East Anglia in Nor­wich, the UK. The re­searchers ex­am­ined fe­male par­tic­i­pants, aged be­tween 19 and 51 years, over 10 weeks. All the par­tic­i­pants were di­ag­nosed with anorexia. The re­sults de­rived that peo­ple who are di­ag­nosed with eat­ing be­hav­iours act as pas­sive vic­tims of var­i­ous in­flu­ences like me­dia and so­ci­ety.

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