Studies

Cultural Differences Influence on Female Body Image Interlinked with Eating Attitude

It is quite sad to know that eating disorders can disturb women of today. While other people enjoy their food, such individuals seem to be hostile to the idea of food as the first thing that comes to mind is how it will increase their body weight. Such a perception is truly distorted given that it is quite common knowledge that food consumption is meant to nourish the body in order for it to function properly. Thus, this kind of body dissatisfaction has veered away from the very basic goal of life and has instead overemphasized slimness to the point of sickness.
Meanwhile, it has been found that most anorexics and bulimics reside in European countries and in the United States and they are from relatively high socioeconomic status (Benokraitis, 1996). It has also been found out that such eating disorders are more prevalent in developed countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and European countries (Hetherington &amp. Parke, 2003). Consequently, the current preference for ultra-slender women has caused a higher prevalence of eating disorders over the past 39 years among women in Europe and North America, as compared to other developing countries, including Japan (Ohzeki et al, 1990).&nbsp.
Such findings can make one wonder why the affluent of society will tend to starve themselves when they have more than enough financial resources and access to all kinds of food. While poor people would do anything to get their hands on any kind of food, the rich women seem to be doing everything not to take a bite just to stay in shape. In doing so, however, parts of their body and very self has been sacrificed. On the other hand, this finding reveals that no matter how rich individuals are, it doesn’t guarantee that they will be happy in every aspect of their lives including their bodies.
In the meantime, residents from non-Western countries such as Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, and Iran have seemed to develop more disorders related to their eating habit as evidenced by various studies (Abdollahi &amp. Mann, 2001. Kam &amp. Lee, 1998. Khandelwa et al, 1995. Lee, 1993. Lee &amp. Lee, 2000. Lee, Lee &amp. Leung, 1998. Mumford et. al, 1992. Nakamura, et. al, 2000).

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